THE numbers are in, and there is no doubt the 2017 local government elections saw a big jump in voter turnout and renewed engagement with community issues.
Across 30 metropolitan local councils, the average voter turnout was 34.58 per cent – up from an average 28.59 per cent turnout across the same 30 councils two years ago.
Some councils saw massive spikes in voter numbers, like the City of Fremantle, which rose from 30.9 per cent to 47.27 on the back of fierce debate about the future of Australia Day.
Just over East Street, the Town of East Fremantle also posted a big jump up from 25.8 to 38.09 per cent.
The City of Subiaco rose 33.7 per cent to 46.15, Claremont jumped nearly 12 per cent and Cottesloe climbed more than 10 per cent.
In fact, only three councils saw their voter turnout fall – and the decreases were negligible.
The City of Perth’s participation rate fell from 37.8 per cent to 37.1 per cent., Canning fell from 31.8 to 31.7 and Vincent decreased from 28.2 to 27.74.
Congratulations, people of Perth. We asked you to get more involved in the election of your local governments – and you heeded the call.
|Council||Voter turnout in 2015 (per cent)||Turnout in 2017 (per cent)|
|Perth Metro Average||28.59||34.58|