Cardinia Shire Council by-election set

Tuesday 11 May 2021

For immediate release


A by-election will be held this July for Westernport Ward within Cardinia Shire Council.

The by-election was triggered by the passing of Councillor Ray Brown and will be held by post.

Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to Westernport Ward residents and ratepayers to be ready to have their say.

‘You must be correctly enrolled by the close of roll, which is 4 pm on Friday 28 May 2021. As this is a postal election, it’s important to check your address details are correct – this includes any alternative postal address,’ Mr Gately said.

‘If you’re an Australian citizen who resides within Westernport Ward and you’ve recently turned 18 or moved, and you haven’t enrolled or updated your address, or if you’ve just closed your post office box with Australia Post, you can enrol or update your details online at vec.vic.gov.au/enrolment.’

Those who are not State-enrolled voters for Cardinia Shire Council (that is, those who reside outside the local council area or are non-Australian citizens) and have purchased a rateable property, or occupy and pay rates for a property (including a business premise), or are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates within Westernport Ward, and have no other voting entitlement within Cardinia Shire can apply to the Council to enrol by calling 1300 787 624. Council-enrolled voters who were enrolled in Westernport Ward for the 2020 general election for Cardinia Shire Council will be automatically enrolled, unless circumstances have changed. Council-enrolled voters can check their enrolment by calling the Council on 1300 787 624.

Applications to be enrolled for this by-election close at 4 pm on Friday 28 May 2021.

‘Voting in local council elections is compulsory if you’re a State-enrolled voter, and we encourage council-enrolled voters to vote.

‘Your local council makes important decisions about your community facilities, services and local business community, so it’s important to have your say by voting in this by-election,’ Mr Gately added.

Just over 8,000 Victorians are enrolled in Westernport Ward, which includes the town of Koo Wee Rup.

Timeline for by-election

4 pm Friday 28 May 2021  Close of roll  Voters must be on the voters’ roll by this date to vote at the election. 
9 am Thursday 17 June 2021  Nominations open  Candidates must nominate with the Election Manager. 
12 noon Tuesday 22 June 2021  Close of nominations and ballot draw  Candidates must nominate by 12 noon. The ballot draw occurs after this. 
Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 July 2021  Ballot packs are distributed   Ballot packs distributed via post to every person on the voters' roll. 
6 pm Friday 23 July 2021  Close of voting  Ballot papers must be in the mail or handed to the Election Office by 6 pm. 
Saturday 24 July 2021  Election Day  The day prescribed as Election Day. 
12 noon Friday 30 July 2021  Final day for receipt of mailed postal votes  Postal votes must be received by 12 noon. The Election Manager will include ballot material if satisfied it was posted before 6 pm on 23 July 2021. 
Monday 2 August 2021  Latest date all results will be declared  The VEC publishes the election results on the VEC website by this date.