Shire of West Arthur

Council Elections

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years.

Elected Members are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held. See the Elected Members page for current terms.

Councillors represent the interests of the ratepayers and residents of the district and provide leadership and guidance to the community. They facilitate communication between the community and Shire, and participate in the Shire’s decision making process.

Information is also available on the WAEC website.

Community members interested in knowing more about the role of an elected member are welcome to attend a Council meeting.  

Prospective candidates are required to complete an induction, click here for further information.

Local Government Elections

Local Government Elections will this year be held on Saturday 21 October.  A number of councillor roles will become available at the Shire of West Arthur and community members are encouraged to consider nominating for Council.

Councillors have a number of primary roles:

  • Providing leadership and guidance to the community
  • Facilitating communication between the community and the council
  • Determining and reviewing policy
  • Managing assets
  • Governing finances

To stand for election as a councillor, or a mayor or president elected by the people of a local government district, you must:

You are not eligible to nominate for council if you:

  • are a member of State or Federal Parliament;
  • are an insolvent under administration;
  • are serving a prison sentence for a crime;
  • have been convicted of a serious local government offence within the last five years, (unless the court has waived the disqualification);
  • have been convicted on indictment of an offence for which the penalty was or included imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for more than five years;
  • are a member of another council;
  • are subject to a court order disqualifying you from being a council member because you have misapplied local government funds or property;
  • are on the local electoral roll as the nominee of a body corporate;
  • propose standing for two positions on council (unless you are standing for mayor or president as well as councillor); or
  • are currently disqualified by the State Administrative Tribunal from holding office as a member of a council.

    If you would like to know more, please contact one of our existing councillors or the CEO.

    2021 Election

    The 2021 Election was held Saturday 16 October 2021.

    10 nominations were received for the 4 vacant positions. These are the results:

    Candidate Votes
    HARRINGTON Karen 186
    PLANK Shane 36
    MANUEL Neil 172
    SOUTH Duncan 201
    METCALF Peter 18
    LLOYD Marie 18
    LUBCKE Robyn 163
    LLOYD Gregory 5
    WHITAKER Geoffrey 85
    KING Kevin James 47

    Therefore the following people are elected as councillors for the District of the Shire of West Arthur.  Each Councillor will hold office until the date set out next to his/her name:

    Name Expiry of Term
    SOUTH Duncan 18 October 2025
    HARRINGTON Karen 18 October 2025
    MANUEL Neil 18 October 2025
    LUBCKE Robyn 18 October 2025