MORE than 15,000 people in the City of Wanneroo, or 12 per cent of electors, have already returned postal ballot papers ahead of next week’s council election.
Figures from the WA Electoral Commission showed about 12.4 per cent of the City’s 124,018 electors had returned their votes through Australia Post by October 9.
The lowest return rate was in the Central Ward where nine candidates are vying for two seats, with 3759 of the 35,837 electors, or 10.49 per cent, returning election packages by Wednesday.
In the South Ward, the return rate was 13.11 per cent with 5145 of the 39,233 electors choosing their preferences from 12 candidates contesting three seats.
The North Coast Ward had a marginally higher return rate, with 13.2 per cent, or 6460 of 48,946 electors voting for two of the six candidates.
Results of the mayoral and ward election will be counted on October 19 and election packages should have arrived in letter boxes in late September or early October.
Mayor Tracey Roberts, of Mindarie, has nominated to be re-elected for a third term, with North Coast Ward Councillor Sonet Coetzee, of Yanchep, contesting the mayoral position.
Mrs Roberts, who was first elected mayor in 2011, said her campaign focused on community and advocacy, as well as environmental and economic sustainability.
Cr Coetzee, who is two years into her first four-year term on the council, said her campaign focused on jobs, economy and population growth.
Incumbent Central Ward councillors Frank Cvitan, of Madeley, and Samantha Fenn, of Tapping, had both renominated, with their campaigns focused on having a “good balanced council” and “performing arts, green space, trees, community” respectively.
Other candidates for the ward include Liberal Party member Aaron N.D. Sawmadal, of Wanneroo, who aims to be a “voice for cultural diversity and smart city”, and former Wanneroo Business Association president Peter Newbound, of Hocking, whose priorities include employment, youth, safer community and roads.
Wanneroo Agricultural Society president and former Gingin Shire President Michael Aspinall, of Wanneroo, has also nominated, centering his campaign on “long-term planning, waste and recycling, littering” while retiree and Wanneroo Reportory Club president Shelley McGinn said she wanted to have “a stronger community working together”.
Hocking resident Andrew Baillie said he wanted to make the City “more eco-friendly”, Toastmasters Wanneroo founder Jacqueline Huntley said she would be “your voice” and the ninth candidate is Gideon Rossouw.
In the North Coast Ward, there are six candidates, including current Deputy Mayor Natalie Sangalli and Cr Russell Driver, who both live in Quinns Rocks.
Cr Sangalli said her campaign focus was on community, environment, pool, facilities and transport, while Cr Driver said his was “building a community”.
Liberal Party member and former State MP Chris Baker, of Yanchep, said he wanted “to get more things done” and Yanchep resident Matthew Bettinaglio said his campaign focused on “appropriate and sensitive development”.
Two Rocks resident Godwin Fernson said his priority was to have emergency medical services available locally, while Clarkson resident Azeem Shah said his campaign was for safer suburbs and “stronger communities for a prosperous City”.
Find more information on South Ward candidates’ campaigns here.