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You may be eligible to be enrolled to vote in the local government elections on 17 October 2015 if you live in or are an owner or occupier of rateable property in the Town of Mosman Park.

You are automatically enrolled to vote if you were listed on the State Electoral Roll as at 5.00 pm Friday, 28 August 2015.  To check the status of your enrolment, click here

Local Government Elections
Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years. The next local government ordinary elections will be held on 17 October 2015.  Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held.  The Electoral Commissioner is responsible for conducting all local government postal elections in Western Australia and can also conduct voting in person elections on request under the Local Government Act 1995. By making the Electoral Commissioner responsible for these elections, the local governments concerned ensure that elections are conducted independently and with impartiality.

 

Postal elections for local government were first trialled by four local governments in 1995. This increased to eight in 1997, 34 in 1999, 47 in 2001, 55 in 2003, 50 in 2005, 64 in 2007, 69 in 2009, 74 in 2011 and 76 in 2013.  Postal elections are more convenient for many electors and typically result in a higher rate of voter participation than in person ballots.

If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, the election will proceed.  For postal elections, including for the Town of Mosman Park, all eligible electors will receive a postal voting package around three weeks prior to polling day. The package will include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. To vote, follow the instructions included in the package.

The Returning Officer must receive your postal voting package before 6.00 pm on polling day, so be sure to post your ballot well in advance of that date. If you do not think that your postal voting package can be returned by post in time, you can deliver it by hand to a polling official.  While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

Information for electors
Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate in a local government election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close. Nominations for a local government election open 44 days before polling day and close at 4.00 pm, 37 days before polling day on Thursday 10 September 2015.  Details about how to stand for office in the elections are available here

 

 

Young People YACtivate For a Bright Future

Young people from all around Perth and regional Western Australia gathered together to share ideas and discuss issues in common in the largest ever meeting of Youth Advisory Councils over the weekend.

On Sunday 23 August 2015 the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council hosted YACtivate!, a conference that empowers civic-minded youngsters from around the State, who came together to network, to inspire each other and to celebrate the achievements of YACs, and to gain skills and knowledge through leadership development.

The conference was opened by the Hon Tony Simpson MLA, Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; and Youth, and featured speaker sessions, interactive workshops, panel discussions and regional breakout sessions covering such topics as public speaking, how to run events, publicity and marketing, event photography, social media and attracting and retaining members. 

As well as special guest speakers, the conference had presentations by representatives from Subiaco Voice of Youth, Rockingham YAC, YAC Bunbury and Mosman Park YAC  who shared their own personal stories on their achievements and what their group means to their local community.

As part of the YACtivate youth conference, the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council prepared a Youth Advisory Councils Directory for distribution throughout WA. Each group has provided their own page for the directory, sharing information about themselves and their projects as well as areas they are interested in exploring or working with other groups on.

YACtivate! is a youth-led project for young people, by young people, created with funding from the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Town of Mosman Park.  The Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council initiated the project and was responsible for planning and coordination of all aspects of YACtivate! with guidance from the Town of Mosman Park. 
Attending the conference were Youth Advisory Councils from Mosman Park; Subiaco; Nedlands; Rockingham; Capel; South Perth; Bayswater; Melville; Katanning; Cambridge and Bunbury; as well as the Youth Disability Advocacy Network and Multicultural Youth Arts Network WA.

Mayor of Mosman Park, Ron Norris, congratulated the Mosman Park YAC on their hard work in bringing about YACtivate!  “This is a wonderful initiative that brings together civic-minded young people from far and wide to collaborate, share ideas and work together.”  “The young people of Mosman Park, and of Perth and WA, have so much to offer, and I am inspired by their energy, enthusiasm and commitment to improving our Town, our City and our State into the future,” Mayor Norris said.

For more information about the Mosman Park YAC, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MPYAC

 

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