2 December 2020
For immediate release
A by-election will be held next February for Kara Kara Ward within Northern Grampians Shire Council.
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor-elect Karen Hyslop and will be held by post.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to Kara Kara 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 18 December. As this is a postal election, it’s important to check your address details are correct – this includes any alternative postal address,’ said Mr Gately.
‘If you’re an Australian citizen who resides within Kara Kara 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 Northern Grampians 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 Kara Kara Ward, can apply to the Council to enrol by calling (03) 5358 8724.
Council-enrolled voters who were enrolled in Kara Kara Ward for the 2020 general election for Northern Grampians Shire Council will be automatically enrolled, unless circumstances have changed. Council-enrolled voters can check their enrolment by calling the Council on (03) 5358 8724.
Applications to be enrolled for this by-election close at 4 pm on Friday 18 December.
‘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 2,410 Victorians are enrolled in Kara Kara Ward, which includes St Arnaud and surrounds.