2017 Local Government Elections

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years.

The next local government ordinary election will be held on 21 October 2017 with Councillors elected for a four year term. There will be four Councillor positions becoming vacant.

At its December 2016 meeting Council resolved (CMRef 81895) in accordance with Section 4.20(4) of the Local Government Act 1995 that the Electoral Commissioner be responsible for conducting the 2017 ordinary election via way of postal vote.

By making the Electoral Commissioner responsible for the election, Council can ensure that the election is conducted independently and with impartiality. Additionally, postal elections are generally more convenient for many electors and typically result in a higher rate of voter participation than in-person ballots.

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 6.00pm on polling day. 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.

Returning Officer: Brenda Hobbs

Mobile: 0427 013 360

Email: LGro_mer@elections.wa.gov.au 

Enrolling to Vote

Enrolments for the electoral roll for the 2017 Local Government Ordinary Election closed on Friday 1 September 2017 at 5:00pm. 

Thinking of being a Councillor?

Councillors represent the interests of the ratepayers and residents of the district and provide leadership and guidance to the community. They facilitate communication between the community and Shire, and participate in the Shire’s decision making process.

The Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries has a number of resources available on their website https://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/AdviceSupport/Pages/Local-government-elections.aspx including Fact Sheets for prospective Councillors with information on what to expect as a Councillor.

WALGA conducted a webinar Information Session for Candidates on Thursday 17 August 2017. The webinar is available for viewing on their website via  http://walga.asn.au/Training/Our-Services/Webinars/Elected-Member/Prospective-Elected-Members-Webinar-(Thursday-17.aspx. Topics included:

  • an overview of Local Government
  • the Roles and Responsibilities of Council and Council Members
  • behavioural expectations of Elected Members
  • an overview of the skills required to be a successful Councillor, and
  • impacts on Home Life

Council also conducted an informal information session on Tuesday 5 September 2017 as some questions prospective candidates may have may be best answered by sitting Councillors. Topics included what is the role of a Councillor, Council activities and how the administration of Council is managed in Merredin. 

A fact sheet has been developed and will be provided to all candidates who nominate for Council.


(Local Government Act 1995, s4.64)

An election is being held by postal vote on Saturday 21 October 2017 in the Shire of Merredin to fill 4 councillor vacancies. Information on the candidates is available via their profile which will be included in the election packages or is available for viewing on the foyer noticeboard at the Shire Administration Office during office hours.



BUTLER, Andrew Roy



BLAKERS, Caroline


ELECTION PACKAGES will be sent to the electors on the Shire of Merredin local government electoral roll.

REPLACEMENT PACKAGES can be obtained from the Shire of Merredin, corner King and Barrack Streets, Merredin prior to election day and from 8.00am to 6.00pm on election day if the package is not received or should any papers be missing.

POST YOUR VOTE EARLY completed postal voting packages must reach the Returning Officer by 6.00pm on election day, Saturday 21 October 2017.

YOU MAY HAND DELIVER YOUR PACKAGE to an electoral officer at the Shire of Merredin during business hours before election day or at the polling place between 8.00am and 6.00pm on election day.

CHIEF POLLING PLACE: Shire of Merredin, corner King and Barrack Streets, Merredin.

THE COUNT OF VOTES will commence at 6.00pm at the chief polling place listed above.

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