Local Government Election 2021

Council Elections City of Bayswater local government elections are held every two years, on the third Saturday in October.  The next City of Bayswater Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Postal Election

At a postal election, electors are sent an election package which includes the ballot papers and may then vote at home and post the completed papers to be received no later than 4:30pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

Papers may also be returned in person to the City of Bayswater no later than  6pm on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Election packages containing information on the candidates and instructions on how to vote will be posted to electors approximately three weeks before the Election Day.

Candidates Information

The City have 11 Councillors, representing 4 wards in the City of Bayswater. Half are elected every two years to serve a term of four years. In October 2021 the City of Bayswater will hold elections for six Councillor positions. The Council will then elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at a Special Meeting of Council, held after the election.


Which of the current Elected Member’s terms expire in 2021?

The terms of the Deputy Mayor Cr Filomena Piffaretti, Cr Giorgia Johnson, Cr Barry McKenna, Cr Stephanie Gray, Cr Elli Petersen-Pik and Cr Lorna Clarke expire in 2021 and they are eligible for re-election.

How does a person become a candidate?

In order to nominate a person must:

  • a completed nomination form;
  • complete the mandatory induction course;
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations;
  • a nomination deposit of $80; and
  • a photograph (optional)

Mandatory induction prior to nomination

You must complete an online induction course before you submit your nomination. The course provides information on the role and responsibilities of being a council member, and the rules related to election campaigns. When you register your completion of the course, you will receive a confirmation email with a reference number and date of completion. You must include the reference number and completion date on your nomination form. The department strongly recommends that you show a digital or print copy of the confirmation email to the returning officer when you submit your nomination.

The Local Government (Elections) Amendment Regulations 2021 came into effect on 2 August 2021.  These regulations deal with an update to the mandatory induction course for prospective candidates, requirements for candidate nomination forms in relation to the mandatory induction course and changes to the calculation of the length of candidate profiles. Prior to nominating, an elector must have completed the online Local Government Candidate Induction course which is available here  Induction for prospective candidates | DLGSC.

For more information please see the City of Bayswater's Candidate Information Pack 2021

Important Information 

Please note, due to these amendments individuals who completed the mandatory induction course before 31 May 2021 will be required to complete the updated course to be eligible to nominate as a candidate.  Individuals who completed the updated mandatory induction course from 31 May to 1 August 2021 are not required to do the course again; but will be required to include the reference number and date of completion on their nomination form.

The Returning Officer will provide candidates with relevant forms and information. Nominations can only be made to the Returning Officer during the designated nomination period.  

Eligibility to nominate

In order to nominate, a person must be registered to as a voter for the district in which the are standing as a candidate.

Any person who is on the City of Bayswater’s Electoral Roll as a resident or non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property within the City (and is not disqualified) may be a candidate. 

They do not need to be an elector of the particular ward for which they are standing.

Further details on who is qualified to nominate is outline in the Local Government Act 1995 -  s2.19 to  2.24.

When do nominations for candidates open?

Thursday 2 September 2021

When do nominations for candidates close?

Thursday 9 September 2021 at 4pm

Caretaker Election Period Policy

The primary purpose of the Policy is to avoid the Council making major decisions prior to the election that would bind an incoming Council, prevent use of public resources in ways that are seen as advantageous to or promoting the current elected members who are seeking reelection and ensures that local government officers act impartially in relation to all candidates. Implementation of a Caretaker Election Period Policy would provide for better decision- making and greater transparency and accountability in Council as prescribed by section 1.3 of the Local Government Act 1995.

The Caretaker Period will run from Thursday September 9 at 4pm (end of the Councillor Nomination Period) to Saturday 16 October at 4pm (close of Polling).

Caretaker Election Period Policy 


Returning Officer Contact Details

The City’s elections are conducted as postal elections run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. The WAEC  Returning Officer for the 2021 City of Bayswater Local Government Elections is:

James White - Returning Officer City of Bayswater – 2021 Election
Mobile:    0419 405 445
Candidate Profiles

The nominations for the 2021 Local Government Election have now closed and the ballot draw has been completed. The candidates for this year's election are:

Central Ward
HAYDEN, Colleen

District:                          City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Colleen HAYDEN
Ballot Paper Name:       HAYDEN, Colleen
Nominating for:             Councillor for Central Ward
Election Type:               Ordinary

I am Colleen,
I live in the central ward of the City of Bayswater. My son went to the local primary and secondary school in the area. I come from a large family whom, some still live and frequent the City of Bayswater.

I am nominating as a prospective candidate in this my central ward as a long time share in property as a family member and ratepayer.

I will push for change or no change if necessary in the right directions. Hopefully the home community of the City of Bayswater can have a first written say in preference of changes of home signifigance.

Regards to bins,roads, footpaths,verges,street lighting, and any major differences that effects occupiers and families for safe environments within the cities jurisdictions.

I believe in safe security for one and all, love to meet you all.

Mobile:                                     0414 273 204
Postal Address:                      c/- bayswater post office, 85 Whatley Crescent, BAYSWATER 6053
MELECA, Assunta


District:                          City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Assunta Giuseppina MELECA
Ballot Paper Name:       MELECA, Assunta
Nominating for:             Councillor for Central Ward
Election Type:               Ordinary

Living in the City of Bayswater for 45 years, my experience as a ratepayer & resident allows me to understand the needs of the community. I live in Morley with my husband & children, work in education & founded a charity for Motor Neurone Disease research. I’ve a proven track record of achieving what I set out to do.

I genuinely care for the City's future, & if elected I’ll work with you to:

  • advocate for the preservation of parks, stop wood chipping of verges & median strips to restore the Garden City concept conceived by my late father Cr Frank Drago
  • incentivise small business, supporting projects to help local economy thrive
  • increase free, family-friendly events
  • back initiatives to improve security services across our district.

Together, let’s build a beautiful, safe & liveable City.

Mobile:                                     0418 446 449
Social Network Address:
KULE, Fiorda


District:                          City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Fjorda KULE
Ballot Paper Name:       KULE, Fiorda
Nominating for:             Councillor for Central Ward
Election Type:               Ordinary

I live locally with my husband and two kids. And as a first generation Australian, I love our community.

In my day job in Community Aged Care I work to make older people’s lives better, and as the recent Chair of local grass roots group “The Morley Momentum”, I have the skills and experience to be a voice for our community.

I’m committed to:

  • Being present, active and accessible;
  • Fostering an inclusive and caring community;
  • Advocating for a Morley Train Station that works for our area;
  • Protecting green spaces and improving tree canopy in Embleton, Morley, and Bayswater;
  • Ensuring continued Security Patrols;
  • Strongly representing our elderly - supporting seniors centres and programs;
  • Improving local playgrounds for various abilities/ages;
  • Cutting red-tape and promoting a “can-do” culture.
Mobile:                                     0416 577 944
Postal Address:                      67 Crimea Street MORLEY 6062
Social Network Address:
North Ward


District:                          City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Joshua EVESON
Ballot Paper Name:       EVESON, Josh
Nominating for:             Councillor for North Ward
Election Type:               Ordinary

If you want a council that spends responsibly without increasing rates then I have the right skills, knowledge & passion to get it done.

I’m a local resident of 16yrs, community volunteer, married, 3 young kids. My priority is shaping North Ward into a better connected, vibrant & safe place to live.

As your Councillor I will:
  • Keep your rates low with financially responsible decisions
  • Stop plans to shrink your red bin
  • Improve safety & reduce congestion at the McGilvray Ave / Morley Dr intersection
  • Ensure high quality development at Noranda Nursery that considers traffic concerns
  • Apply a common sense approach to trees
  • Deliver inclusive programs for our older adults
  • Increase accessibility between the new train station & Noranda Shops
  • Boost security patrols & CCTV for a safer community.

Mobile:                                      0408 027 846                
Social Network Address:

GRAY, Stephanie

District:                         City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:         Stephanie Elizabeth GRAY
Ballot Paper Name:     GRAY, Stephanie
Nominating for:           Councillor for North Ward
Election Type:             Ordinary

It’s been an honour to serve as your North Ward Councillor over the past 4 years. I’m a wife,
mum of 3 kids, 2 dogs and 3 chooks, a primary school teacher, and local Noranda resident
of 26 years.

My priority is representing the people of our entire North Ward Community. Throughout my
term on council we have achieved a lot including:

  • fighting to stop Aldi taking over Noranda Nursery
  • renewing the netball courts
  • improving footpaths and roads in our town centre
  • developing the Noranda Nook.

I care passionately about the future of our community. If re-elected I will strongly advocate

  • appropriate redevelopment of Noranda Nursery
  • sensible tree canopies
  • programs for older people
  • improved playgrounds for children of all ages/abilities
  • keeping rates low
  • continuing security patrols.

Mobile:                                    0418 930 220
Social Network Address:



District:                          City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Filomena Donna PIFFARETTI
Ballot Paper Name:       PIFFARETTI, Filomena
Nominating for:             Councillor for North Ward
Election Type:               Ordinary

As a Noranda resident for 38 years and active community member, it’s been an honour to serve as your North Ward Councillor & Deputy Mayor.

I’m proud to have delivered a number of significant projects in the North Ward but there’s still more that needs to be done. We deserve a representative who genuinely cares about our area, our people and who has a proven track record of getting results.

If re-elected, I will:

  • Oppose any plans to replace the 240L Red Lid bins with a 140L bin
  • Stop the woodchipping of our parks
  • Ensure proper and orderly planning of the Noranda Nursery site
  • Work with Police and security services to combat anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods
  • Improve response times to repair roads and footpaths
  • Prioritise beautification of our streets
  • Keep rates low

Mobile:                                    0402 189 707 
Social Network Address:

South Ward


District:                        City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:        Elliaz PETERSEN-PIK
Ballot Paper Name:     PETERSEN-PIK, Elli
Nominating for:           Councillor for South Ward
Election Type:             Ordinary

I’ve been working hard for our community for more than 7 years. As your Councillor, I've initiated or helped deliver many outcomes:

  • New Waterland to open this summer;
  • Significant funding for remediation of the Lakes without a levy on residents;
  • Strengthening our town centre and local businesses;
  • Retaining and planting more trees;
  • Protecting public open spaces;
  • Supported local environment groups and a new renewable energy target;
  • Safe Routes to School plan;
  • Accessibility improvements;
  • Shading playgrounds.

I live in Maylands with my family. My law degree, Masters of Environment and 14 years of governmental experience have helped me be effective. I'll continue to use my voice to raise concerns when needed, push for low rates, and be truly independent, committed, consultative and responsible.

Mobile:                                       0422 353 844
Social Network Address:


EDGE, Sophie


District:                           City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Sophie Margaret EDGE
Ballot Paper Name:      EDGE, Sophie
Nominating for:            Councillor for South Ward
Election Type:              Ordinary

I live in Maylands with my husband and young family; calling the City of Bayswater home for over 25 years.  I care about our community and will be a strong independent voice for us all. 

Council has dropped the ball, the wellbeing of residents is being neglected. I will support sustainable solutions to the midge and algae problems facing our Lakes. 

I will fight for the restoration and protection of the Maylands Brickworks and its heritage, to return it to the Community for use.  I will support local businesses and judge developments based only on what is best for our area. 

It's not acceptable that many Resident’s rates have increased by as much as 10%, South Ward being hit the hardest - I will not support rate increases above CPI. 

For less talk and more action, vote for Sophie Edge.

Mobile:                                      0412 014 564
Social Network Address:


TRIPP, Isabella


District:                        City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:         Isabella Rose TRIPP
Ballot Paper Name:     TRIPP, Isabella
Nominating for:           Councillor for South Ward
Election Type:             Ordinary

I live in Maylands with a deep personal connection to the area. I have fond memories of our neighbourhoods, spending time at the riverside with my family.

From my background in Conservation and as a proud Greens member, I’m passionate about protecting our environment for future generations, establishing more green corridors and increasing street tree canopy through urban forestry programs.

I will work to ensure Local Government plays a key role in addressing the homelessness crisis in Maylands. Without a secure home, it is hard to go to work and raise a family.

In my campaign, I will call for the City of Bayswater Council to declare a climate emergency, strengthen the Council’s commitments to Reconciliation and inspire other young people to involve themselves in Local Government.

Mobile:                                      0403 725 059
Social Network Address:

West Ward
IEMMA, Justin


District:                         City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:         Justin Vincent IEMMA
Ballot Paper Name:      IEMMA, Justin
Nominating for:           Councillor for West Ward
Election Type:             Ordinary

It’s time to do better. Our city deserves better.

My name is Justin Iemma and my family business has operated in Bayswater for 30 yrs. This taught me the importance of innovation, support, and the strength of family, community and hard work.

I will stand up for the Residents, community organisations, businesses, and sporting clubs which make our homes better.

I have the knowledge and determination to advocate for equal distribution and investment in Bayswater, Bedford and Morley.

I believe in sustainable financial management. We have to support our community/sports groups and improve facilities for families and seniors with quality design and developments.

I want the City of Bayswater to realise its true potential. We need a clear plan. With your support, we can do better for our City.

Mobile:                                       0403 410 539
Social Network Address:


District:                           City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Lorna Jane CLARKE
Ballot Paper Name:      CLARKE, Lorna
Nominating for:            Councillor for West Ward
Election Type:               Ordinary

It has been an honour to serve as your local councillor for the past four years.

I live locally on Coode Street, in a heritage home, with my husband and our rescue Labrador, Muddle. We love our local community.

During my time on Council, we achieved a lot. I voted for a COVID-19 rates freeze, doubled tree planting, drove our first Local Homelessness Strategy, listened to our community through participatory budgeting, and kickstarted the Bedford shopfront regeneration project. But I believe there is still more to do.

If re-elected, as someone with a proven track record, I will fight for:

  • Long-term investment in Bayswater Library and Ellis House
  • Better future developments around Bayswater
  • Community-driven planning in Bedford
  • Our local ageing strategy
  • A renewed ‘Buy in Baysie’ campaign

Mobile:                                   0412 427 910
Postal Address:                     PO Box 26 BAYSWATER 6933

Social Network Address:




District:                           City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Aleisha May SANTORIELLO
Ballot Paper Name:      SANTORIELLO, Aleisha
Nominating for:            Councillor for West Ward
Election Type:               Ordinary 

I’m a long term City of Bayswater resident, RSPCA volunteer and I live on Coode St with my husband and our two dogs in our home built specifically with sustainability in mind. It’s our forever home and my commitment to our community is forever.

Your vote for me will bring a fresh focus on environmental, sustainability and development issues with a truly independent voice. I’ll advocate strongly for the Bayswater and Bedford town centres to be developed with the community in mind at all times. I’ll fight for residents amenity and for our struggling local businesses and I promise to give Bedford the attention it deserves after years of inaction. My career in HR demonstrates I have the skills to listen, understand your concerns and take action.
Together let’s put the heart back in Baysie.

Social Network Address:
JOHNSON, Giorgia


District:                          City of Bayswater
Candidate Name:          Giorgia Louise Johnson
Ballot Paper Name:      JOHNSON, Giorgia
Nominating for:            Councillor for West Ward
Election Type:              Ordinary

It’s been a fantastic four years! I’m so proud of the intense work our council has done for a better shared future. I’ve championed:

  • FOGO and more recycling options
  • Emissions reduction and planning for more renewable energy
  • Aboriginal Reconciliation
  • Preventing homelessness
  • Access and inclusion
  • Bike paths + footpaths
  • Improvements at Riverside Gardens
  • Trees, our precious biodiversity and waterways.

My experience in disability support and as a local business owner helps me understand the needs of our community. I’m also a bike rider, dog owner, cat lover, netball mum, volunteer and accountant.

If re-elected, I will continue to advocate for:

  • Our environment and a more sustainable future
  • The arts
  • Building neighbourhood connections, especially for new families and our diverse community.
Mobile:                                     0421 310 974
Postal Address:                       33 Leake Street BAYSWATER 6053
Social Network Address:
Disclosure of Electoral Gifts

Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 prescribes and sets out the requirements for disclosing electoral gifts. The rules apply to both candidates and donors.

It is the candidates and donors responsibility to make the disclosure to the Chief Executive Officer in the prescribed form (Form LG09A). Gifts with a value of $200 or more that are given or promised to candidates during the specified disclosure period must be disclosed in accordance with the regulations. In addition, candidates must not accept any gifts from unidentified donors. These gifts must be disclosed and provided to the Chief Executive Officer for disposal.

Electoral Gifts

A “gift” includes:

  • money
  • non-monetary item of value
  • in kind or where there is inadequate financial consideration, such as the receipt of a discount (where the difference or the discount is worth more than $220)
  • a financial or other contribution to travel
  • the provision of a service for no consideration or for inadequate consideration
  • a firm promise or agree ment to give a gift at some future time

A 'gift' does not include a gift by will, a relative, or item tha does not relate to the candidate's candidature, or the provision of volunteer labour.

Electoral Gifts Register 2021

Disclosure Period

The disclosure period commences six months prior to election day, on Friday 16 April 2021 and finishes three days after Election Day (for unsuccessful candidates) and on the start day for financial interest returns for successful candidates.

Who is required to make a disclosure?

Both candidates and donors must disclose information about any election related gifts that are received/promised or given withing the disclosure period if:

  • The value of the gift is $200 or more; or 
  • The value of the gift is less than $200, but the gift is one of 2 or more gifts, with a total value of $200 or more made by one person at any time.
How a disclosure is made

All candidates are subject to the electoral gift requirements of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997, including candidates who are current Council members. Donors will also need to disclose any gifts made within the relevant period. Candidates should advise donors of their reporting responsibilities. In addition, any gifts from unidentified donors must be disclosed and provided to the CEO for disposal.

Electoral gifts need to be disclosed either - 

  • within 3 days of nomination if the gift is received, made or promised prior to the candidates nomination, or
  • within 3 days of the gift being received, made or promised once the candidate has nominated.  

Gift disclosures are to be made to the City of Bayswater Chief Executive Officer by completing Form LG9A and delivered via email to



Who is entitled to vote?

The roll for this election consists of:

1. The Residents Roll

2. Non-Resident Owner and Occupiers


You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll by 5:00pm, Friday 27 August 2021. If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must complete an enrolment form.  You may enroll online or check the status of you enrolment at  Enrol to vote - Australian Electoral Commission (


Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers

If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the City of Bayswater and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in the City of Bayswater you may be eligible to vote. Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the City of Bayswater to confirm their enrolment status. 

Joint Owners and Occupiers

If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, to enroll as owner/occupier electors.


A body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two people who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enroll as owner/occupier electors.

Enrolment Forms

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Only Enrolment forms  can be obtained from the City of Bayswater

Enrolment Eligibility Claim - Form 2 

Application to register a nominee for a body corporate

Form 2A Modified for body corporates 


Election Results

The count for the 2021 Local Government Election has just been completed and the results declared. The successful candidates are:

South Ward

Elli Petersen-Pik

Central Ward

Assunta Meleca

North Ward

Filomena Piffaretti

Josh Eveson

West Ward

Lorna Clarke

Giorgia Johnson

Official results can be viewed on the WAEC website: 

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