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Passionate community members encouraged to run in local government election

Staff reportersBusselton Dunsborough Times
City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley is flanked by his new deputy, Kelly Hick (right), and fellow councillors Kate Cox, Jo Barrett-Lennard, Phil Cronin, Lyndon Miles, Paul Carter, Ross Paine and Sue Riccelli.
Camera IconCity of Busselton mayor Grant Henley is flanked by his new deputy, Kelly Hick (right), and fellow councillors Kate Cox, Jo Barrett-Lennard, Phil Cronin, Lyndon Miles, Paul Carter, Ross Paine and Sue Riccelli.

With just 100 days until the WA local government elections, South West locals are being called upon to consider standing up for their council.

To encourage and educate potential candidates the Vocal Local campaign was launched by the State Government this month ahead of nominations opening September 2.

The campaign will educate and encourage potential candidates on how to run for election, which includes a mandatory induction course provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

The course gives community members a basic understanding of what is required from a council member.

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Local Government Minister John Carey called on anyone with great ideas for their community to give serious thought to standing for election.

“I know first-hand that representing your community as a local council member is one of the best ways to make real and positive change,” he said.

“I am a strong advocate for greater diversity in local government, so I particularly want to encourage people from historically under-represented groups to consider putting their hand up.

“Having more diversity in local government can bring enormous benefits, including better decision-making and the ability to draw on a wider range of experiences and skills.”

Prospective candidates are encouraged to regularly check the DLGSC website for updates about induction requirements and other matters related to local elections.

Local government elections are held every two years, with the next round on October 16, 2021.

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