Ordinary local government elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October.

The 2019 election for the Shire of Gingin will be conducted as a postal election with a Returning Officer appointed by the WA Electoral Commission.

Five positions will be contested at this election. Current Councillors whose terms will end on 19 October 2019 are:

  • Councillor Ian (Sam) Collard (Shire President)
  • Councillor John Elgin (Deputy Shire President)
  • Councillor Jan Court
  • Councillor Wayne Fewster
  • Councillor Frank Peczka


Are You Eligible to Vote?

If you live in or own rateable property in the Shire of Gingin and meet the relevant eligibility criteria, then you are entitled to vote at Council elections. However, in order to do so you must be enrolled either on the State Electoral Roll for an address within the Shire, or on the Shire’s Owners and Occupiers Roll.

If you are enrolled on the State electoral roll and you are listed as living at an address within the Shire of Gingin, then you will be automatically included on the local government electoral roll for this Shire.

However, if you are an owner or occupier of property within the Shire of Gingin but are enrolled on the State roll at an address outside the Shire, or are not currently listed on any electoral roll but meet the eligibility criteria, then you must apply for inclusion on the Shire’s Owners and Occupiers Roll.

You can check your enrolment details by visiting the WA Electoral Commission’s website.

Please be aware that the last date for inclusion on the Electoral Roll for the 2019 Elections is 30 August 2019. You application for enrolment must be received by the close of business on this day if you wish to vote in the 2019 Elections. For further information click here. 

Please contact the Shire’s Rates Department on (08) 9575 5100 or by emailing rates@gingin.wa.gov.au for further advice on applying for registration as an Owner or Occupier. 

Electoral Rolls have now closed.  Anyone not listed on either the Residents’ Roll or the Owners and Occupiers’ Roll for the Shire of Gingin as at 30 August will not be eligible to vote in the 2019 local government elections for this Shire and will not receive a voting package from the WA Electoral Commission.


Nominating as a Candidate

Anyone enrolled as a resident or as a non-resident owner or occupier (apart from the nominee of a body corporate) of rateable property within the Shire of Gingin is eligible to nominate as a candidate for the 2019 Shire of Gingin local government elections.

Nominations will be accepted by the Returning Officer from Thursday, 5 September 2019 until 4pm on Thursday, 12 September 2019.


Mandatory Induction Session prior to Nominating 

If you are thinking about becoming a Councillor at the 2019 Local Government Elections then as part of this process it is mandatory to complete an online induction prior to nomination. The induction doesn't take long and is available on the website of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (click here to view and complete). 

If potential candidates have any questions, please contact Lee-Anne Burt (Governance Officer) at the Shire of Gingin on (08) 9575 5130. 

Timeline for Candidates

Summarised for potential candidates wishing to become Councillors is a list of deadline dates as follows:

  • 5 September - The nomination period opens for potential Councillors. Nominations must be submitted to the Returning Officer (yet to be appointed)
  • 12 September - The nomination period closes at 4pm for those wishing to nominate as Councillors. REMEMBER - a mandatory induction session must be undertaken prior to submitting your nomination. The induction is available online via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website. You will be asked to declare that you have completed the online induction when filling out your nomination form. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.
  • 19 October - Vote count and declaration of results


Candidate Profiles

As candidates submit their nominations to become a Shire of Gingin Councillor they are made available for viewing online as follows and also on the WA Electoral Commission's website. 

  • Linda Balcombeclick here to view Linda's Candidate Profile
  • Jan Court click here to view Jan's Candidate Profile
  • Erik Sorensen - click here to view Erik's Candidate Profile
  • Wayne Fewsterclick here to view Wayne's Candidate Profile
  • Carolyn Harris Johnsonclick here to view Carolyn's Candidate Profile
  • Frank Peczka - click here to view Frank's Candidate Profile
  • Andrea Vis - click here to view Andrea's Candidate Profile

Contacting the Returning Officer

All enquiries in relation to submitting a nomination or any other aspect of the election process should be directed to the Returning Officer appointed by the WA Electoral Commission.

Returning Officer:   Carrie Edwards
Contact:                   0457 201 449


Further Information

Electors and potential candidates can obtain further information with respect to the 2019 local government election process from the following links:

Western Australian Electoral Commission

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Shire of Gingin Offices


7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 5100

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au


255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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