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19 September 2017

The City of Albany has had a strong response to its “Your City, Your Opportunity” campaign encouraging residents to nominate for the 2017 Local Government Election if they want to make a difference in their community.

Nominations for Council closed last Thursday with 21 candidates putting their hand up for the six vacancies, including each of the incumbent councillors.

It is the same number of nominations received for the 2015 election, eclipsing the 15 candidates in 2013 in a sign the community is passionate and pro-active about being involved in achieving a prosperous and sustainable future for Albany.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said being a councillor was an important community leadership role and he looked forward to working with the successful candidates.

“The community gives us the responsibility to represent them and make decisions for the good of the whole community. Albany has an exciting future and it’s a great time to sit on Council and be part of what the City is achieving,” he said.

Election Day is Saturday, October 21, with successful candidates elected for a four year term expiring in 2021.

The WA Electoral Commission’s Returning Officer for Albany Sally Thomas encouraged residents to have a say in their community’s future by ensuring they voted, with postal vote packages due to arrive in mail boxes after the long weekend. 

“Local government is an important tier of government with direct influence on the community you live in, so make your vote count to have a say in who represents you in council,” she said.

The City is hoping to exceed the 34.16% voter turnout in 2015.

Profiles of each candidate are displayed at the entry of the City’s administration at North Road. The profiles are also available on the WA Electoral Commission website at www.elections.wa.gov.au.