Yarra Ranges Shire Council by-election set

Monday 29 November 2021

For immediate release

A by-election will be held next February for Streeton Ward within Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Cathrine Burnett-Wake and will be held by post.

Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to Streeton 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 10 December. 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 Streeton 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 Yarra Ranges 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 Streeton Ward, and have no other voting entitlement within Yarra Ranges Shire, can apply to the Council to enrol by calling 1300 368 333.

Council-enrolled voters who were enrolled in Streeton Ward for the 2020 general election for Yarra Ranges Shire Council will be automatically enrolled, unless circumstances have changed. Council-enrolled voters can check their enrolment by calling the Council on 1300 368 333.

Applications to be enrolled for this by-election close at 4 pm on Friday 10 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 12,415 Victorians are enrolled in Streeton Ward, which includes Upwey, Sassafras, Olinda and surrounds.

Media information: Timeline for by-election.