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  • Update – With mail services taking longer than usual, it is recommended that residents drop their vote in-person into the ballot box at Council House. Council House is open – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and on Saturday, 17 October 2020 from 8am – 6pm

After almost three years after the City of Perth council were suspended, the Minister for Local Government has the Saturday 17 October 2020 to fill the vacancies.

Having a council that is supportive of bike riding is an important and key component to making Perth a bicycle-friendly city.

Voting in local government elections is not compulsory, however, for those who are City of Perth residents, we encourage you to vote as a handful of votes can determine who is elected.

This election, nine positions are available on council, including:

  • 1 Lord Mayor, 3 year term, Term to expire on 21 October 2023
  • 4 Councillors, 3 year terms, Term to expire on 21 October 2023
  • 4 Councillors, 1 year terms, Term to expire on 16 October 2021

Tim Burns, who sits on the WestCycle Transport, Safety and Advocacy Advisory Group in partnership with local grassroots group, Perth Bike Hub has pulled together responses asking each candidate about their vision for making Perth a better city for bike riding. To help make an informed decision, you can view each of the 31 candidates’ responses at:

For all candidate profiles, please visit https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/live-and-work/elections/candidate-profiles 


In 2021, elections for all local governments across WA, (including 4 City of Perth Councillors who will only receive a 1-year term) will be held on the 16 October 2021. 

With 138 local governments in WA, we need your support to ask your future candidates about their vision for bike-friendly cities and neighbourhoods.  If you are a passionate local that would like to see your local government become more bike-friendly, consider helping by reaching out to your local candidates as the 2021 election approaches.


Key Dates.

  • Local Government election rolls close at 5.00 pm, 50 days prior to polling day. All electors should check their enrolment details are up to date before rolls close.
  • Nominations for a local government election open 44 days before polling day and close at 4.00 pm, 37 days before polling day.
  • Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years.
  • In 2021, Local Government elections will be held on 16 October 2021
  • For more information please visit https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/local
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