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Three local governments are urging residents to Get Local, Get Vocal.

Get involved in local council

THREE local governments want residents to get involved and have their say in council elections due in October.

The City of Swan, in partnership with the City of Kalamunda and Town of Bassendean launched the Get Local, Get Vocal campaign, this week.

City of Swan chief executive officer Mike Foley said local government elections were a great way for residents and community groups to be heard.

“By voting in your local government election, you will be playing a part in electing someone to your Council who represents the issues and causes that are important to you,” he said.

Mr Foley said the campaign had adopted a well-known political symbol, the election badge, to promote its message.

“Badges have been used in political campaigns since the first US Presidential Inauguration in 1789, to get the attention and affiliation of voters,” he said.

“The City of Swan’s community has such a diverse range of passions and causes, so we felt this was the perfect way to reflect this.

“Our hope is that by using an innovative idea and campaign, we not only increase the profile and priority of local government elections in the community, but participation rates across the city.”

The badges will be used throughout the campaign on posters, advertising and social media, worn by city staff and prospective councillors and available to the public at the city’s administration building and libraries.

For more information go to www.getlocalgetvocal.com.au

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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