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Local government elections are 100 days away. The Local Government Minister today launched the Vocal Local campaign, calling on people to consider standing for election. With just 100 days until the Western Australian local government elections, community members are being asked to be a ‘Vocal Local’ by nominating for election to their local council.

Local government elections are held every two years, with the next round on October 16, 2021. Nominations open on September 2, 2021 and close at 4pm on September 9, 2021. Launching the Vocal Local campaign today, Local Government Minister John Carey called on anyone with great ideas for their community to give serious thought to standing for election.

Anyone intending to nominate for election must first complete a free online induction course, provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) at http://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/local-government

The course gives community members a basic understanding of what is required from a council member before nominations open in early September.

The Vocal Local campaign is presented by DLGSC in partnership with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA).

Local governments are being asked to share the Vocal Local message by downloading and distributing social media tiles and posters, available on the DLGSC website. Prospective candidates are encouraged to regularly check the DLGSC website for updates about induction requirements and other matters related to local elections.

Comments attributed to Local Government Minister John Carey:

“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. “The Vocal Local campaign is based on a very simple premise – if you think you’ve got great ideas to make your community a better place to live and do business, then now is the time to start talking to your family and friends about nominating for the upcoming elections.

I am a strong advocate for greater diversity in local government, so I particularly want to encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to consider putting their hand up. “This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; women; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; people with disability; and young people aged 18 years and over. “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. “So if you think you can make your community a better place to live, work and play, be a Vocal Local and put your hand up for election.” Comments attributed to WALGA President Mayor Tracey Roberts: “Local residents know their local community, understand what’s needed and the importance of a local voice in decision making.

“Being an Elected Member is an immensely rewarding role and provides opportunity for direct input into what your local community can collectively achieve. “I encourage anyone who is interested in nominating for Local Government elections to find out more through the Department’s website or keep an eye out for information sessions held online or in your local area.” Minister’s office – 6552 5300

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