Annual General Meeting of Electors

The Annual General Meeting of Electors is usually held in the Council Chambers at 6pm on the third Wednesday in November. All residents and ratepayers are eligible to attend.

 Business:

  • Confirmation of Minutes
  • Receipt of Annual Report      
  • Receipt of Auditors Report
  • Receipt of Presidents Report
  • Other business as agreed to by the President or a majority of electors.

 Copies of the Annual Report are available from the Council Office.


 

Enrolling to Vote

An Ordinary Election will be held on Saturday 21st October 2017. Council usually holds in-person elections. Enrolments usually close at the end of August.

To be eligible to vote in local government elections, you need to be either a resident, an eligible non-resident owner or non-resident occupier of rateable property in the Shire of Williams or a nominee of a body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property in the district or ward.  You must also be correctly enrolled to vote in State or Commonwealth elections and be at least 18 years of age on election day.

1. Residents:

A person who lives at an address in the Shire of Williams and is correctly enrolled on the State roll for that address is a resident of the district and automatically enrolled to vote in the district.  To check that your enrolment is up to date, contact the WA Electoral Commission www.waec.wa.gov.au or phone 13 63 06. Enrolment forms may be obtained from the Williams Shire Office, any Post Office or from the WA Electoral Commission.

2. Non-resident owners and non-resident occupiers of rateable property:

Non-resident owners and non-resident occupiers of rateable property are not automatically enrolled.  Non-residents who wish to vote in local government elections, or corporate bodies who wish to nominate people as nominees, should apply to the Chief Executive Officer.

Enrolment Eligibility Claim forms may be  downloaded from the Dept of Local Government’s website.
The most requested forms available from this website are:

  • Enrolment Eligibility Claim
  • Enrolment Eligibility Claim - Modified for Body Corporates
  • Enrolment Eligibility Claim - Modified for Co-owners and Co-occupiers
  • Application for Postal Voting Papers


Post your completed Enrolment Eligibility forms to: Shire of Williams, PO Box 96, WILLIAMS, WA, 6391

Further Information:

Available from the Department of Local Government's website: Dept of Local Government’s website or contact the Shire CEO on (08) 9885 1005, or ceo@williams.wa.gov.au .

 


 Standing for Council

Stand for Council - It's rewarding!

If you want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, consider standing for election as a local government councillor for the Shire of Williams

A councillor’s role is to: · represent the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents; · provide leadership and guidance to the community; · facilitate communication between the community and the council and vice versa; and participate in decision-making processes at meetings.

Nominating for Council

If you are contemplating nominating for Council you are encouraged to contact the Chief Executive Officer to arrange a personal briefing on matters including the structure of Local Government, the role of an elected member - responsibilities, accountability, rights, remuneration and how to become a councillor.

Nominations for the 2017 elections are open from Thursday 7 September 2017 to 4pm on Thursday 14 September 2017. 

To be eligible to nominate you must be: 

· 18 years of age or older;
· an elector of the district;
· an Australian citizen.

For further Information contact the Returning Officer on (08) 9885 1005 or email ceo@williams.wa.gov.au

How to Vote

The Williams Shire Council, in previous years, resolved to hold “in person” elections.  The next election day will be Saturday, 21st October 2017.

How do I check if I’m enrolled?

To check that you are correctly enrolled for your current address on the state roll, visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission website at www.waec.wa.gov.au.

What are the polling hours on Election Day?

Polling places are open from 8am to 6pm on election day - usually a Saturday in October. A notice of the election details including polling places will be published after nominations close.

How do I cast a vote on election day?

Polling will take place in the Williams RSL Hall, corner of Growse and Brooking Streets.

Can I vote early?

Yes, you can vote early at the Shire of Williams Office, 9 Brooking Street, Williams.

How can I vote if I’m temporarily away from home in WA during the election period?

You may lodge an absent vote at any local government in Western Australia after the Election Notice has been published (shortly after the close of nominations). Alternatively, you may apply for postal voting papers to be sent to your temporary address. Click here to download Form 12: Application for Postal Voting Papers.

Close of absent voting and close of postal voting applications is 4pm on the 4th day before a Local Government election.  Make sure that you return your voting package in time for it to be received by the last post before election day. More information on this can be found on page 2 of Form 12: Application for Postal Voting Papers.

How can I vote if I am interstate or overseas?

You may lodge a postal vote. This must be received by the close of poll at 6pm on Election Day.