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The Shire of Esperance 2011 Local Government Elections will be held in October 2011.

Local governments make many decisions that affect your community and it is vital that your views are taken into consideration. By voting at local elections, you can contribute to effective local government. If you don't vote, you have no say in determining the person who represents you when making decisions in areas like local planning and development, recreation space and the upkeep of your community.

Voting at a local government election provides you with an opportunity to elect a person you believe can make the best contribution to your community.

2011 Nominees

To view the nominees for the Esperance Elections please select the following link:

http://www.waec.wa.gov.au/elections/local_government/election_centre/council_results.php?eID={669062CC-B843-4173-B089-0821CD33F6DE}&cID=Esperance

Profiles for each nominee will be posted when available.

Reduction in Elected Member Numbers

In response to the Minister for Local Governments reform agenda, Council has resolved to reduce the number of Elected Members from 11 to 9 as part of the 2011 election. Part of this decision was to also have a complete spill of Council, meaning there will be 9 vacancies at the 2011 election, comprising 6 in the Town Ward and 3 in the Rural Ward.

Enrolling to Vote

Ratepayers and residents of the Shire of Esperance are entitled to vote in local government elections. You might need information about your voting entitlements if you:

· Live in Esperance and recently turned 18

· Own a business that owns or leases a property in Esperance

· Live outside of Esperance but own property and pay rates in the Shire of Esperance

For details of your voting entitlements and information on how to enrol, visit the WA Electoral Commission website through the link at the bottom of this page.

Voting method

Council has determined that the 2011 Shire of Esperance election will be conducted via postal vote. All postal elections are managed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC), which appoints a Returning Officer for each election.

Ordinary and extraordinary elections use the first past the post method of voting.