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Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years and the next periodic elections will occur in 2018. With nearly 360,000 people participating by voting in 2014 state wide, Council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the State.

Your Mayoral and Ward Candidates have been announced! Voting ballots will be posted between 22 - 26 October 2018. 

2018 Councils Elections Timetable

Roll Closed 5pm Fri 10 August 2018
Nominations Open Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations Close 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018
Caretaker Period 18 September to Close of Election
Mail Out of Voting Materials Monday 22 to Friday 26 October 2018

Close of Voting 

5pm Friday 9 November 2018

Enrol to Vote

Voting is voluntary.  Council directs finances into the local community.  This is different to other government taxes whereby the funds may be utilised for programs that do not have a direct impact on the local neighbourhood.  Examples of services in the community as detailed by this video.  So please, make a difference by participating in your council election by first ensuring you are enrolled to vote because your vote matters.

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 will need to complete a Change of Details Form, available at your local Post Office, the Electoral Commission of SA or online at the Australian Electoral Commission

If you are not enrolled on the House of Assembly roll you may still be eligible to register on the Council Supplementary Roll if:

  • You have been a 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.

You can check your enrolment via the Australian Electoral Commission  website. 

Re-enrol to Vote

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the Council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. All landlords, business lessees and resident non-Australian citizens are removed from the council voters roll (with the exception of City of Adelaide) and must re-enrol to be able to vote.
If you have been removed from the roll under these provisions, you must re-enrol before the roll close deadline at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018, otherwise you will be unable to vote in the 2018 elections.

Enrolment for the 2018 council elections have now closed.

Form 1 - Natural Person: Resident, Sole Owner or Sole Occupier (827 kb)

(Use this Application for Enrolment when owner or occupier is a person.) 

Form 2 - Body Corporate: Sole Owner or Sole Occupier (633 kb)

(Use this Application for Enrolment for a Body Corporate, a designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Body Corporate.) 

Form 3: Group Owners or Group Occupiers (491 kb)

(Use this Application for Enrolment for property owned or occupied by more than one person and/or a business/organisation. A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Group.)

Note: The above forms can be completed electronically but must be printed for witnessing and signature.


Nominating as a Candidate

Nominations have now closed. See below for a list of your Mayoral and Ward Candidates.

If you are eligible to vote in your local Council elections, you are probably eligible to stand for a position on Council.

Becoming a member of Council is one of the most rewarding and direct ways that you can contribute to your community and influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on Council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.   In fact, Councils actively encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented.

Nominations for the 2018 Local Government Elections open on Tuesday 4 September 2018 and must be processed by Council and accepted by ECSA by Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12pm sharp. Please ensure you allow at least 15 minutes for processing of your application.

Please note:  The City of Charles staff are the receiving body not the accepting the body.  The City of Charles Sturt need to submit the application to the Returning Officer.  There are a number of checks that come with "accepting" a nomination. We suggest not leaving it to the last minute to nominate because if the Returning Officer rejects your nomination it will mean you have minimal if any time to put in a valid nomination.  

As part of your nomination, you will also need to lodge a maximum 150-word candidate profile and may provide a ‘head and shoulders’ photograph no longer than 12 months old, which will be published on a candidates’ website.

Candidate Resources

This Candidate Booklet has been prepared to help you appreciate the role and responsibilities of an Elected Member, understand the election process, and assist you in deciding whether to nominate. 

The City of Charles Sturt in collaboration with KelledyJones Lawyers ran a candidate briefing session on Thursday 6 September 2018.

If you missed the session, a copy of the presentation notes can be found by following the link below.

Candidate Briefing Session - KelledyJones - Presentation Notes

Any further additional candidate resources and material will be made available on our webpage as it becomes available.



Voting in the 2018 council elections

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.

Voting is voluntary.  Make a difference by participating in your council election.

Voting in council elections is done by post.

If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed a 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.



In the lead up to the Election in November 2018 candidates may contact our office with questions to assist them with their campaign.

To maintain transparency and fairness, any circumstances where a candidate is provided with a response to a query it will be published under our FAQ below for all candidates to reference.

It would be suggested that candidates visit this page regularly to obtain up to date and ongoing information for the duration of their campaign.

How many Ward positions are available?

The City of Charles Sturt is divided in to 8 Wards with two Ward Councillors in each for the purpose of representing our Community.  In addition to the 16 Ward positions available there is also one Mayoral position.

Can candidates nominate for a Ward they don’t live in?

Yes.  Anyone can nominate as a candidate as long as they are an Australian Citizen and are an elector for the area (or the designated person for a body corporate or a group which has its name on the voters roll for the area.

You can only nominate in one Ward and cannot nominate in two different Council areas.

When can I start campaigning?

Although nominations for candidacy do not officially open until Tuesday 4 September 2018, you can commence your election campaign now!  Please note that election signs must not be placed until Friday 12 October 2018.  Refer to our Election Signs page here for further information.

What are the important to know dates?

The important dates for your diary are listed above.

Note: It is important that we all encourage our residents to enrol to vote by 10 August 2018 by way of either the State Electoral Roll or Councils Supplementary Roll.

As a Candidate what process can I utilise to lodge enquiries or questions with Council on behalf of residents during the campaign period?

A resident or any party on their behalf can call our Customer Contact Centre on 8408 1111 relating to new or existing services for the community.  Alternatively, the request can be logged through our requests, Compliments, Complaints page which can be accessed here. 

The "My Local Services" app is also a very useful tool for candidates and residents and can be used to obtain information on services such as weekly bin schedules and can also be used to report issues in our community. The app can be downloaded on your smartphone or iPhone and then set to a specific area.

How can I find out the street boundaries for each Ward in Charles Sturt?

A Map of our Council Wards can be found on our website here, however, for a more interactive version which can provide you with aerial imagery and street layering can be accessed by the “Interactive Map” link at the bottom of the page. The layers that can be found on the left hand side of the screen can provide further search options.

Is the nomination process different for the Mayoral position?

No.  It is the same process, however, if you nominate for Mayor you are unable to nominate in a Ward.

When can I get a copy of the voters roll?

At any time between the close of nominations and polling day for an election, a nominated candidate for the election is entitled to obtain a copy of the voters roll in printed form for the relevant individual ward. Additional printed copies of the relevant individual ward are available to candidates, during that period for $10.00 per copy.

How can I learn more about the City of Charles Sturt and the Ward I intend to campaign in?

The City of Charles Sturt website contains a link to statistical information collated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census from 2016 back to 1991, including data relating to population, housing and social demography.

You can access the webpage under our Business tab on our website under Economic Development where there are links to both Community Profile and Economic Profile. Alternatively, follow this link.


Your Candidates for 2018

Nominations are now closed. Candidates are listed in order of ballot draw. The first page of the candidate nomination form can also be viewed at our Civic Centre located at 72 Woodville Road, Woodville.




Maria Russo

Paul Kitsis

Angela Evans









Beverley Ward


Gennaro Vellotti

Edgar Agius

Deb Black

Matt Mitchell

Mick Harley


Findon Ward


Frank Tedesco

Peter Ppiros

Helen Hibeljic

David Simpson

George Turelli

Grange Ward


Sarah McGrath

Tom Scheffler

Raelene Hanley

Rachele Tullio

Henley Ward


Kenzie Van Den Nieuwelaar

Scott Anderson

Paul Sykes

Chris Pittman

Alexandra Turnbull

Christopher Knott





Hindmarsh Ward


Paul Alexandrides

Katriona Kinsella

Alex Barabas

Alice Campbell


Semaphore Park Ward


Ant Williams

Barbara Wasylenko

Stuart Ghent

Graham Bain

Gerard Ferrao


West Woodville Ward


Kelly Thomas

Tolley Wasylenko

Carlo Meschino

Woodville Ward


Reuben Petrovski

Drew Cutovic

Gary Reeve

Jan (Foxy) Cutler

Oanh Nguyen

Charlotte Watson

Walter Bulyga

Robert Hugh Grant

Van Tran Chrisakis



The names and details of all candidates who successfully nominated will also be available on the LGA Website approximately 10 days after close of nominations. Close of nominations is 12noon Tuesday 18 September 2018.

Local Government Association SA - Find Your Candidate

The Electoral Commission of South Australia or the Local Government Association of South Australia also provide information in relation to the upcoming elections. 


Local Government Association of SA

Note: Under the Local Government (Elections) Act, the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) is the Returning Officer for all Council elections.


Authorised by Paul Sutton, CEO, City of Charles Sturt, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville SA 5011. 

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