Candidates urged to stand up

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d404960
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d404960

There will be six vacant positions on the Mundaring council, with the poll to be held on October 19.

Terms are usually for four years. But following the recent announcement on Metropolitan Local Government Reform, anyone elected in the October poll will serve until the new local government entity begins operating on July 1, 2015.

The Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson last week said he did not believe amalgamations would deter applicants from nominating for the elections.

Elected councillors would help usher in local government changes announced last week, with the number of councils set to be slashed from 30 to 14.

Mr Simpson said the chance to take part in a transition to a new model of government was an opportunity many would jump at.

‘They will play a role in history by steering Perth’s metropolitan area into a new era of local government,’ he said.

‘These are the biggest boundary changes since the late 1800s and the councillors elected in October will help establish the new councils by making decisions about the name, representation (between nine and 14 councillors) and other strategic decisions.

‘Two years is a long stint on a council. That’s two budgets, two annual reports, at least 20 monthly council meetings, many committee meetings, thousands of telephone calls and emails, and hundreds of hours of debate.

‘Putting up your hand to be a councillor even for a short time is a big commitment, and I urge those with a positive frame of mind to seriously consider it and make an impact on their community.

The Mundaring information session will focus on how to nominate, the obligations and responsibilities of elected members, and the level of commitment required to perform duties.

The session starts at 6.30pm on August 29, in the Shire of Mundaring Civic Reception Room, at 7000 Great Eastern Highway. To confirm attendance contact 9290 6602 or paceo@mundaring.wa.gov.au.