Shire of York Election

Saturday 16 October 2021

Media Release

York Welcomes New Councillors

Election Results

Click on the link below to view the Election Results for  2021.

Election Results 2021

Election Date and Polling Location

The next Shire of York Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday, 16 October 2021.

The Polling Place (Shire Administration Building) located at 1 Joaquina Street, York will be open on Election Day between 8.00am and 6.00pm, for the hand delivery of voting packages or to issue replacement packages only.

Counting of ballots will occur at the close of polling at 6.00pm.

The postal voting election package is your only opportunity to vote in this election.  Each ballot paper should be returned in a separate envelope.

There is no ordinary voting on election day.

Voting in local government elections is not compulsory.

More election related information is available at the Western Australian Electoral Commission website:  www.elections.wa.gov.au

Candidate Profiles

Please click below to view the candidate profiles for the Local Government Election to be held Saturday 16 October 2021.

David SPARROW

Peter WRIGHT

Kevin TRENT

Jane FERRO

Sydney BIGNELL

Nicholas CRAWLEY

Gregory NORRIS

Denis WARNICK

Tricia WALTERS

Chris GIBBS

Draw for Position on Ballot Paper

The WA Electoral Commission (WAEC) Returning Officer Sarah Fitzsimmons conducted a draw to determine candidate positions on ballot papers for the upcoming Shire of York Election on 16 October 2021.

Ten (10) candidates put their hands up to fill three (3) councillor positions.  The election is run by the WAEC as a postal vote and while voting is not compulsory, eligible electors are encouraged to participate in this important process.   Please click on the link for the draw.

Draw for position on ballot paper

Election Notice

General Information

Local Government Elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October.

Councillors are elected for terms of four years, with elections being held every two years for half of the council. Candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held.

Prior to an election being held the Council determines whether it wishes to appoint the Electoral Commissioner to run the election as a postal election or whether it wishes to run it as an ‘in-person’ election.

To be eligible to vote in an upcoming election individuals need to ensure that they are on the electoral roll. For local government elections, rolls close at 5.00 pm, 50 days prior to polling day. All electors should check their enrolment details are up to date before rolls close.

If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, then the election will proceed. For more detailed information visit https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/local

Voting in the Elections

The Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) has been appointed to conduct the election as a postal election, for the Shire of York.

Election packages containing information on the candidates, instructions on how to vote, the ballot paper, and the return envelopes will be posted out to electors approximately three weeks before Election Day.

Further Information

For further information please contact the Returning Officer, Sarah Fitzsimmons on 0458 818 719, email: lgro_yor@elections.wa.gov.au  or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

Candidates in the October 2021 Election

The term of the following Councillors expires in 2021:

  • Cr Dennis Warnick
  • Cr Kevin Trent
  • Cr Jane Ferro

These Councillors are eligible to re-nominate.

Prospective Candidates

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will be hosting an Election Candidate Information Briefing webinar, to inform prospective candidates about the roles and responsibilities of Local Government, Councillors and the Council. This will be held on Wednesday, 18 August 2021 commencing at 5.00pm.

The webinar will cover the following range of topics, with the aim of preparing successful election candidates for life as an Elected Member:

Purpose of Local Government

  • Role of the Council and Council Members
  • Playing Your Role on Council
  • Declarations of Interest
  • New Code of Conduct Behaviour Provisions Relating to Candidates
  • Induction and Council Member Essentials Training

There will be an opportunity for participants to engage by asking questions. Please find the registration link for the Candidate Information webinar here.

The webinar will also be recorded for those unable to attend the live broadcast and this will be made available on the WALGA website shortly afterwards, together with responses to the questions raised by participants during the webinar.

Link to WALGA Election Candidate Webinar Recording

Who is able to vote in a local government election?

All local residents and business owners/occupiers are encouraged to enrol to vote in local government elections. 

All residents registered on the State/Federal electoral roll for properties within the Shire of York will be automatically registered for Local Government Elections.

To be eligible to vote, please ensure your enrolment details are up to date with the WA Electoral Commission by 5.00pm Friday 27 August 2021.

To check your enrolment or update your details please visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s website here: www.elections.wa.gov.au or phone the Commission on 13 63 06.

Close of Enrolment Notice

If you own or occupy property in the Shire but don’t live here, then you may still be eligible to vote. You may enrol up to two Owners/Nominees per property by filling in the Enrolment Form.  Each person is only entitled to one vote. Enrolment forms must be lodged by 5pm, Friday 27th August 2021, to be eligible to vote in the 2021 Local Government Elections.  

Form 2 Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form

Owner Occupiers will also need to ensure the Shire has their current postal address.

Prospective Candidates

For anyone interested in nominating for Council, a Candidate Information Session will be held on Tuesday 31 August 2021 at 5.00pm in Council Chambers, First Floor, York Town Hall.

Candidate Information Evening Notice

Under the Local Government Act 1995, to be eligible to nominate as a candidate for a local government election, the candidate must be an elector of the district (residential or owner/occupier) and over 18 years of age. 

Call for Nominations

 Nominations Open:

Thursday 2 September and close 4:00pm on Thursday 9 September 2021.

 Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer:

  • at any time during the above period by arrangement; or
  • between 2:00pm and 4:00pm Thursday 9 September 2021 (close of nominations) at the Shire of York, 1 Joaquina Street, YORK

Call for Nominations Notice

Call for Nominations Poster

Important Dates

Roll Close:                                                     27 August 2021, 5.00pm

Candidate Information Evening:      31 August 2021, 5.00pm

Nominations Open:                                2 September 2021

Close of Nominations:                           9 September 2021, 4.00pm   

Date of Election:                                       16 October 2021

Returning Officer:                                     Sarah Fitzsimmons

Further Information

For further information please contact the Returning Officer, Sarah Fitzsimmons on 0458 818 719, email: lgro_yor@elections.wa.gov.au  or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

This website will be updated as further information is released.