Wednesday 22 December 2021
For immediate release
A by-election will be held next March for Wonga Ward within Maroondah City Council.
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Nora Lamont and will be held by post.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to Wonga 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 21 January 2022. 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 Wonga 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 Maroondah City 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 Wonga Ward, and have no other voting entitlement within Maroondah City Council can apply to the Council to enrol by calling (03) 9294 5509.
Council-enrolled voters who were enrolled in Wonga Ward for the 2020 general election for Maroondah City Council will be automatically enrolled, unless circumstances have changed. Council-enrolled voters can check their enrolment by calling the Council on (03) 9294 5509.
Applications to be enrolled for this by-election close at 4 pm on Friday 21 January 2022.
'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.
Around 9697 Victorians are enrolled in Wonga Ward, which includes Ringwood North and surrounds.