With just 100 days until the Western Australian local government elections, community members are being asked to be a 'Vocal Local' by nominating for election to their local council.
Local government elections are held every two years, with the next round on October 16, 2021. Nominations open on September 2, 2021 and close at 4pm on September 9, 2021.
In the City of Mandurah, the mayoral position is up for re-election.
The positions of councillors Peter Jackson, David Schumacher, Lynn Rodgers, Merv Darcy and Matt Rogers are also up for re-election.
Cr Darren Lee's spot on council is also vacant after he resigned earlier this year.
Six councillors - Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight, Don Pember, Ahmed Zilani, Candice Di Prinzio, Jenny Green and Peter Rogers - will be up in 2023.
In the Shire of Murray councillors Douglas McClarty, Brad Cardilini, Brenda Beacham, Geoff Black, Stuart Kirkham are up for re-election.
The remaining councillors still have two years to serve on a four-year term.
Launching the Vocal Local campaign, Local Government Minister John Carey called on anyone with great ideas for their community to give serious thought to standing for election.
Anyone intending to nominate for election must first complete a free online induction course, provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) at dlgsc.wa.gov.au/local-government
The course gives community members a basic understanding of what is required from a council member before nominations open in early September.
The Vocal Local campaign is presented by DLGSC in partnership with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA).
Prospective candidates are encouraged to regularly check the DLGSC website for updates about induction requirements and other matters related to local elections.
"The Vocal Local campaign is based on a very simple premise - if you think you've got great ideas to make your community a better place to live and do business, then now is the time to start talking to your family and friends about nominating for the upcoming elections," he said.
"I am a strong advocate for greater diversity in local government, so I particularly want to encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to consider putting their hand up.
"This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; women; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; people with disability; and young people aged 18 years and over.
"Having more diversity in local government can bring enormous benefits, including better decision-making and the ability to draw on a wider range of experiences and skills.
"So if you think you can make your community a better place to live, work and play, be a Vocal Local and put your hand up for election."
WALGA president mayor Tracey Roberts said local residents know their local community, understand what's needed and the importance of a local voice in decision making.
"Being an Elected Member is an immensely rewarding role and provides opportunity for direct input into what your local community can collectively achieve.
"I encourage anyone who is interested in nominating for Local Government elections to find out more through the Department's website or keep an eye out for information sessions held online or in your local area."