Local government elections are a vital part of Western Australia's democratic system.

The City of Karratha is required to conduct local government elections every two years. These are held on the third Saturday in October. 

Members of Council, comprising a Mayor and 10 Councillors, are elected for four-year terms. Half of the Member’s terms conclude at each biennial election. 

The City Council has chosen to conduct its ordinary election as a postal election run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

The Commission appoints a Returning Officer who oversees the elections, includes taking candidate nominations supervising the count on election night and declaring the election results.

The next ordinary local government elections will be 21 October 2023.

For a list of nominees for the upcoming local government election visit Local Government Election nominees | City of Karratha

Changes for this year

Recent legislative reforms to the Local Government Act 1995 means there will be changes to how this year’s election is held:

  • Optional preferential voting
  • the public election of the mayor
  • changes the size of the Council
  • Abolishment of the current ward system to a single district

These changes will result in Council having a maximum of 9 elected member representatives by 2025 that includes the election of a popularly elected mayor by electors.

Ward representation



Expiring Term

Dampier WardCr Gillian Furlong2025
Karratha WardCr Margaret Bertling2023
 Cr Daiva Gillam2025
 Cr Geoff Harris2023
 Cr Peter Long (MAYOR)2023
 Cr Travis McNaught2025
 Cr Pablo Miller2025
 Cr Daniel Scott2023
 Cr Jo Waterstrom Muller2025
Wickham/Point Samson/Roebourne/Cossack/Pastoral WardCr Garry Bailey2023
 Cr Kelly Nunn (DEPUTY MAYOR) 2025

Information for candidates

Applications to nominate as a candidate open August 31st and close at 4pm September 07th

Council members play an important community leadership role and being on a council is one way you can ensure community perspectives are heard and considered in local decision-making.

The role of an Elected Member is set out under section 2.10 of the Local Government Act 1995, with Councillors to represent and provide leadership to electors, ratepayers, and residents and to facilitate communication between the community and the Council.

Scheduled candidate information sessions

If you are considering nominating as a candidate for the mayoral election and/or the councillor election, you will need to:

  • Undertake a mandatory online induction on the Department of Local Government’s website – Go to: Induction for prospective candidates | DLGSC
  • Complete your nomination using Nomination Builder, together with your profile and $100 deposit – Go to: Local Government Candidates | Western Australian Electoral Commission (elections.wa.gov.au) If you anticipate to run in both the Mayoral Election AND the Councillor Election, you will need to submit two nominations.
  • Make an appointment with the Returning Officer (RO) Sharyn Morrow (0448 205 392) anytime between when nominations open on 31 August 2023 and close at 4pm on 7 September 2023. Please note that your RO appointment may take up to 30 minutes to finalise your application so do not leave your appointment until 3pm as you may risk missing out. Sharyn will be available in Karratha over the weekend 2-3 September 2023 to meet with anyone and take their nominations. 
  • Any nominations received by the Returning Officer during the nomination period will be uploaded to the City’s website and election page as they are finalised by the RO.

Any advertising in public places and thoroughfares requires a permit from the City of Karratha beforehand. All advertising material requires name and address of printer. Check out DR08_Signs_on_Public_Land_Policy.pdf (karratha.wa.gov.au)

How to vote

The next Ordinary Local Government Election will be held on Saturday 21 October 2023.

Voting packs will be distributed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission approx. four to five weeks prior to the election. 

Follow the instructions on your voting pack as to how to properly fill out your ballot paper. Your completed vote can be either:

  • Posted: votes must be mailed to WAEC before the election to ensure they are counted; or

  • Hand delivered: drop it into the secure ballot box at the City of Karratha Main Administration Building on Welcome Road Karratha

  • Election Day: Electors can drop off their completed voting package at the City of Karratha Council Chambers on Welcome Road, Karratha, and any outreach polling stations within the City of Karratha.

Enrol to vote

You can enrol online or complete an enrolment form if you are a resident of the City of Karratha and you want to change your details, or enrol to vote for the first time.

You can use the Enrolment Eligibility Claim form if you are an owner or occupier of land within the City but live in a different local government district. Please forward this form by email or post to the City as soon as possible to ensure that you are included on the roll for the next election.

If your claim is accepted, you will be enrolled on the Owners and Occupiers Roll for the City of Karratha for a period of two ordinary election cycles. After the second election, you will need to re-enrol. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Governance team at the City of Karratha.

Update Electoral Roll

Make sure your electoral roll details are up to date.

All residents in a local government district who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll.

Maintaining your details on the electoral roll will ensure you are not removed from the roll. If you have moved, you are eligible to enrol at your new address if you have lived there for at least one month. Other personal details may be updated at any time.

Residents have until August 25thto update their details to be eligible to vote for the 2023 local government elections.

To update your details or to make sure they are accurate visit Enrol to vote or update your details - Australian Electoral Commission (aec.gov.au)

External election information

Nominees for the upcoming 2023 Local Government Elections.

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