Community Participation

Are you interested in becoming a Councillor and nominating for this year’s local government elections to be held on 21 October 2017?

Prospective Councillors Webinar

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has produced a web-based seminar (webinar) for individuals considering becoming councillors.

The webinar covered the following topics:

  • About local government
  • Becoming an elected member
  • Elected member roles and responsibilities
  • Council meetings
  • Personal responsibilities of an elected member such as what constitutes a conflict of interest
  • Impacts on home life.

Links to Information for Prospective Councillors

Why People Stand for Council

There are many reasons why people stand for Council. Most councillors say that the sense of satisfaction gained from serving the community is the biggest reward for joining Council.  

Some of the benefits gained include: increased knowledge of the operations of the City, improved self-esteem, confidence in public speaking, the chance to meet new people and become involved in activities in the community which may not have been possible otherwise.

Of all the levels of government, local government is particularly rewarding as councillors see first-hand the changes occurring within our community changes they have played a role in making. Being a councillor can change your perspective about the diversity of our community and the different needs of each group.

If you are considering standing for Council at the next election, further information can be obtained from the Western Australian Electoral Commission or the Department of Local Government and Communities.