Local Government Elections

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years. The next local government ordinary elections will be held on 21 October 2023. 

Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the preferential voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held.

The Electoral Commissioner is responsible for conducting all local government elections in Western Australia. By making the Electoral Commissioner responsible for these elections, the local governments ensure that elections are conducted independently and with impartiality.


The results of the Local Government election declared on Nomination Day, Thursday 7 September 2023.

At the close of nominations, 4pm Thursday 7 September 2023, the number of candidates that had nominated for this election for the Shire of Katanning was the same as the number of vacancies. Therefore, this election was uncontested and the following candidates are declared as elected unopposed for four-year terms commencing on 21 October 2023 and expiring on 16 October 2027:

Paul Totino
John Goodheart
Matt Collis
Ian Hanna

The following candidate was elected unopposed for a two-year term commencing on 21 October 2023 and expiring on 16 October 2025:

Liz Guidera

Congratulations to each of the newly elected members of Council.

Sincere thanks to Cr Serena Sandwell for your contribution to the Shire of Katanning Council during your 8 years on Council.