Mornington Peninsula Shire Council by-election set

Thursday 22 December 2022

For immediate release

A by-election will be held in March 2023 for Watson Ward within Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

The by-election was triggered due to the election to Victorian Parliament of Councillor Paul Mercurio and will be held by post.

Acting Electoral Commissioner Dana Fleming issued a call to Watson 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 20 January 2023. As this is a postal election, it's important to check your address details are correct – this includes any alternative postal address,' Ms Fleming said.

'If you're an Australian citizen who resides within Watson 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

Those who are not state-enrolled voters for Mornington Peninsula 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 Watson Ward, and have no other voting entitlement within Watson Ward can apply to the Council to enrol by calling 03 5950 1206.

Council-enrolled voters who were enrolled in Watson Ward for the 2020 general election for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will be automatically enrolled, unless circumstances have changed. Council-enrolled voters can check their enrolment by calling the Council on 03 5950 1206.

Applications to be enrolled for this by-election close at 4 pm on Friday 20 January 2023.

'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,' Ms Fleming added.

Over 14,000 Victorians are enrolled in Watson Ward, which includes parts of Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb and surrounds.