City of Whyalla CEO Justin Commons is calling on local businesses to enrol to vote in this year’s local government elections.
“It is not just critical for individuals to have their say in who represents their community, but also local businesses – particularly small business – who are also ratepayers,” Mr Commons said.
“By enrolling to vote as a business, you will ultimately help elect the decision-makers whose actions could influence your business and the local economy into the future.”
Electoral Commission of South Australia data shows more than 130,000 business owners across South Australia did not enrol to vote at the 2018 local government poll. This meant less than five per cent of businesses across the state were able to vote.
“Many local business owners may not even know they can vote in the Council elections, let alone that they must re-enrol their business to vote in each local government election,” Mr Commons said.
“This is an opportunity for businesses to influence Council-related areas that directly impact them, including business and economic development, planning zones and land use, local traffic management; and city amenity.”
Please note that you can only vote once in each council or ward election, even if you own multiple properties or businesses in the council or ward.
Businesses have until 29 July to enrol. To find out more, head to https://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/council-election/enrol.