2019 Council elections

Overview

A Council serves the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley consisting of nine (9) elected members, which cover the whole Shire as one ward. The elected members are elected to their positions for a four-year term and retire from office on a rotational basis, with half retiring every two years.

Pursuant to the Local Government Act 1995 all local government elections in Western Australia are held every two (2) years on the third Saturday in October. While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley’s ordinary elections are administered by the Electoral Commission and are conducted in person. All enquiries should be directed to the Returning Officer Bill Hart on 0428 911 869 or email lgro_der@elections.wa.gov.au 

Information on becoming a Councillor provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – 2019 Local Government Elections - Fact Sheets

2019 Ordinary Election - Key Dates

Thu 29/08/2019 Prospective Councillor Workshop – 6.00pm Council Chambers, Derby (after Ordinary Council Meeting)
Fri 30/08/2019 Close roll 5.00 pm
Thu 5/09/2019  Nominations Open.  Nominations period is open for 8 days.
Thu 12/09/2019 Close of Nominations 4.00 pm
Fri 27/09/2019 Commencement of early voting – Derby and Fitzroy Crossing Admin Centres
14-17/10/2019  Early polling through Shire at nominated Communities  
Sat 19/10/2019    Election Day - Polling Place - Derby and Fitzroy Crossing Libraries  

 

2019 Candidate Information

2019 Ordinary Council Election Candidates

Candidate Profiles

Charmane Backhouse

Keith Bedford

Linda De Haan

Graeme Campbell

Paul White

Lesley-Anne Geiger

Rowena Mouda

Pat Riley

Steve Ross

Nikki Stinson

Phillip Hams

Allen Gianatti

Early Voting and Early Voting Remote Locations

Council Election

Returning Officer

The Shire’s Returning Officer is appointed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley local government elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers. 

Returning Officer 

Bill HART

0428 911 869

LGro_der@elections.wa.gov.au

Information for electors - Enrolment eligibility

To be eligible to vote in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley elections, you need to be a resident recorded on the state electoral roll or a non-resident property or business owner recorded on the Shire’s non-resident owners and occupiers roll.

Residents who are listed on the state electoral roll within the boundaries of the Shire are automatically placed on the residents' roll.

To enrol to vote as non-resident property or business owner, please complete Form 2 Enrolment and Eligibility Claim and return in accordance with the forms requirements to the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley. Form delivery will be accepted by the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley via the following delivery methods:

Delivery in person: Derby Administration Office 30 Loch Street or Fitzroy Crossing Administration Office (Visitors Centre) Flynn Drive.

Via Post: PO Box 94, DERBY WA 6728.

Via Email: sdwk@sdwk.wa.gov.au   

Enrolment Claim forms can be lodged at any time and enrolments for any particular election close 50 days before Election Day (Close of Business 30 August 2019).

You can download the form here

How do I enrol to vote?

To enrol to vote in the local government elections visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.

How can I find out if I am already enrolled?

You can check if you are already enrolled by completing the Online Enrolment Check on the West Australian Electoral Commission website.

I own a property in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley but do not live there; can I still vote in elections?

Yes you can. Read the Information for electors - Enrolment eligibility to check that you are eligible and then complete the application form.

I run a business that occupies a property in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley but do not live in the Shire, can I still vote in the elections?

Yes you can. Read the Information for electors - Enrolment eligibility to check that you are eligible and then complete the application form.

Can I vote for the Shire President?

No, the President of the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley is currently elected by the Council from the elected members, rather than being elected by the electors.

Where can I vote?

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley conducts its election in person in conjunction with the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Voting takes place with a pre polling mobile voting station visiting some aboriginal communities, pre polling at the Derby and Fitzroy Crossing Administration Centres .

A polling place will be open on election day at

Derby Library - 30 Clarendon Street (8.00am – 6.00pm)
Fitzroy Crossing Administration Centre (Visitors Centre) - Flynn Drive, (8.00am – 3.00pm)

When is the next local government election day?

Saturday 19 October 2019.

When will I know the result of an election?

The count commences at 6pm on election day (19 October 2019) and results are usually available later that evening on the Western Australian Electoral Commission's website.

Further Information

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

WAEC - Western Australian Electoral Commission

Forms