Shire chief executive officer Jeremy Edwards said there were four vacancies and the Minister for Local Government had granted approval for the abolishment of wards with the council.
‘The 2013 elections will therefore be conducted on the basis of a ‘district’ ward. All eligible electors in the Shire will receive the same ballot paper, listing all the candidates. Electors will then have the opportunity to vote for up to four of the listed candidates to fill the four vacant positions,’ he said.
All registered electors in the Shire are eligible to vote on all positions, rather than being restricted to voting for the candidate/s running for their ward.
Councillors whose terms will expire on October 19 are: Michael Aspinall (Shire President), David Roe (Deputy Shire President), Valerie Ammon, Reginald Beale, Glenn Rule.
Candidates (in ballot paper order)
Michael Aspinall: Has been a Shire councillor for 10 years and president for the past two years. Enthusiastic about working closely with the community on the implementation of the Shire’s new Strategic Community Plan 2013-23.
Reginald Beale: Has served two terms of council and is chairman of Moore River Catchment Council. Has lived in Muckenburra (West Gingin) for 15 years and was CEO of the WA Fire Brigade Employees Credit Union for 27 years.
Max Benari: Has a lucerne farm in Wanerie and has been a resident for 13 years. Believes local government should focus on building infrastructure and that Breton Bay is an untapped resource that has considerable potential for aquatic facilities.
Frank Faulkner: Settled with his family in Gingin 14 years ago. He stands for quality planning ideals, family recreation, conservation, groundwater, Moore River and local tourism opportunities.
Val Ammon: Has been a Shire councillor for four years. Is on the board of the Wheatbelt Development Commission and is passionate about aged care and health facilities for the region. Also president of the Lancelin Lions Club.
David Roe: Is a lifelong resident of the region and the deputy shire president for the past two years. Together with wife Sara, they have three teenage boys and run a family farm at Beermullah. Believes local government can have the biggest impact on country lives.
Sandra Smiles: Is a a semi-|retired nurse who lives in Seaview Park. Her career spanned 25 years during which time she held the position of director of nursing at Royal Darwin Hospital. She is a member of the Institute of Company Directors and wants to make a positive contribution to the Shire.
Glenn Rule: Lifelong Shire resident who has spent the past four years as a councillor. Has a strong desire to ensure the Community Strategic Plan is implemented while ensuring council operations are cost efficient and effective.