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Council Elections

2018 Local Government Elections

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia and the community gets the chance to elect its Council Members every four years. The next Council Elections will happen in November 2018.

Local Government elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives who aspire, through the decisions they will be empowered to make on behalf of the community, to contribute to effective local government.

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections and all voting is done by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.

The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 an act of the South Australian Parliament.

Key Dates

2018 Councils Elections Timetable

  • Roll Close - 5pm, Friday 10 August 2018
  • Nominations Open - Tuesday 4 September 2018
  • Nominations Close - 12noon, Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Mail out of voting materials - Monday 22 - Friday 26 October 2018
  • Close of voting - 5pm, Friday 9 November 2018
Voters Roll

The voters’ roll for council elections consists of two components – the House of Assembly (State) roll, and the council supplementary roll. If you are on the House of Assembly roll you will automatically receive a voting pack mailed to your registered address. If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to complete a new enrolment form, available at your local Post Office or online through the Electoral Commission SA website ( If you are not enrolled on the House of Assembly roll you may be eligible to register on the council supplementary roll if:

  • You have been resident at your current address for one month and are not on the State Electoral Roll
  • You are a sole owner/occupier of rateable property
  • You are NOT an Australian Citizen but you have been a resident at your current address for one month
  • You are a landlord for rateable property
  • You are an organisation/business owner or occupier of rateable property
  • You are a group of owners or occupiers of rateable property

Enrolment for the 2018 council elections closed at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.


Nominations Accepted

The following nominations have been accepted by the Electoral Commission of SA. The list of nominees under each heading are displayed in Ballot Order.


  • Kris HANNA
  • Janet BYRAM
  • Robert DE JONGE

Coastal Ward

  • Ian Derek CROSSLAND
  • Tim GARD
  • Fleur LERWILL
  • Moheb ASAL

Mullawirra Ward

  • Jerome David APPLEBY
  • Kendra CLANCY
  • Lisa TOTANI
  • Annie ELLIOTT
  • Jason VELISKOU

Southern Hills Ward

  • Maggie DUNCAN
  • Matthew SHILLING
  • Jason TURNER
  • Frank VERRALL
  • Nick KERRY
  • Chitra RAJU

Warracowie Ward

  • Jaison MIDZI
  • John ADAMS
  • Bruce HULL
  • Tony FORDE
  • Kirsty LITHGOW
  • Nathan John PRIOR

Warriparinga Ward

  • Kym MERCER
  • Raelene June TELFER

Woodlands Ward

  • Ian MILLER
  • Olesya PYSHKINA
  • Joseph MASIKA
Candidate resources

The City of Marion and local councils will be running FREE training sessions for individuals interested in obtaining further information prior to nomination.

The City of Marion session will be run from the Council Administration Building, 245 Sturt Road, STURT:

  • Monday 3 September 2018 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • The role and functions of a Council
  • Relationship between Councils and other spheres of government
  • Role of an Elected Member
  • Allowances and expenses
  • Legal responsibilities
  • How elections are conducted
  • Eligibility and the process of nomination
  • Campaigning for elections

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Governance Department on 8375 6641.

Candidate Information Sessions being held in surrounding Council areas:

  • Monday 27 August, 6.00pm at the City of West Torrens Council Office (165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton). Contact the LGA to book
  • Tuesday 28 August, 7.00pm at the City of Unley Civic Centre (181 Unley Road, Unley). Phone: 8372 5111
  • Thursday 30 August, 7.00pm at the City of Onkaparinga Noarlunga Office (Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre). Phone: 384 0747
  • Monday 10 September, 7.00pm at the City of Mitcham Mayor's Parlour (131 Belair Road, Torrens Park). Phone: 8372 8888

Prospective candidates can attend any of the information sessions however, nomination forms must be presented at the office of the Council for which the candidate is nominating or at the Electoral Commission SA office.

Additional candidate resources and material will be made available on our webpage as it becomes available.

Download candidate resource booklet

Election Signs

These Guidelines operate to provide a general approval to authorise the placement or affixation of moveable signs, advertising candidates for election, on a road or onto infrastructure on a road.

2018 Council Election External Website Information

Ward structure

A total of seven elections will be held within the City of Marion in the 2018 elections; one for the Mayor and one for each of the six wards.

Information about current wards and boundaries


Voting in council elections is done by post.

If you are on the State (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed an enrolment to join the supplementary roll, you will receive a voting pack in the mail in late October 2018.

The ballot paper in your voting pack will show the candidates standing for election in your council ward. To find out more about each of the candidates and what they stand for go to the council elections candidates website, then complete your ballot paper and return it in the reply paid envelope.

Votes must be received before 5pm Friday 9 November 2018.    

Get involved and make a difference Local democracy is an important feature of life in Australia, and councils have a far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate.

How the Elections Work

All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. A candidate is elected when a quota or predetermined proportion of the total number of formal ballot papers cast is obtained.

To find out more about the elections and how the voting system works, visit the Electoral Commission SA's Council Election Fact Page.

Council Election Accessible Resources

The Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) works closely with a range of community sector partners to ensure all South Australians have the information they need to understand and vote in council elections.

Please visit their website for more details of the types of resources and assistance available
(NOTE: The content can be downloaded on any browser except Internet Explorer).

Authorised by Adrian Skull, PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046.