RATEPAYERS have a few more days to return their postal ballots in the City of Wanneroo elections, with votes to be counted this Saturday night.
There are 14 candidates for the three north-coast ward seats and the return rate so far is 9500 of 44,539 packages sent.
That indicates a higher participation rate than the 2015 elections, where about 23 per cent of ballots were returned.
“The elections are an opportunity to influence local decision making,” Local Government Minister David Templeman said.
“Inefficient and poorly run councils can result in poor decision-making and decisions that aren’t representative of all segments of the community.
“It is essential that everyone – regardless of age, gender or background – has their say, and I encourage all local communities to get involved.”
Most local candidates provided the Times with their top priorities, with many highlighting the need to extend the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road and widening Marmion Avenue from Butler to Yanchep.
Several candidates also said they wanted to see additional community and sporting facilities, and more support for local businesses. Other priorities included addressing the coastal erosion issue and expanding the CCTV network.
Read more from candidates here.