Council elections

1. Overview

Participating in your local council election is one of the most direct ways you can make a difference to everyday life in your community.

2022 Councils Elections Timetable

  • Roll Close - 5pm, Friday 29 July 2022
  • Nominations Open - Tuesday 23 August 2022
  • Nominations Close - 12noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022
  • Mail out of voting materials - Friday 14 October 2022 - Thursday 20 October 2022
  • Close of voting - 5pm, Thursday 10 November 2022
  • Scrutiny and Count - 9am, Saturday 12 November 2022



Nominations for the 2022 Council elections have now closed.

The following nominations have been accepted by the Electoral Commission of SA. The list of candidates under each heading are displayed in ballot draw order.

Candidate Profiles


  • Jeanette HOWELL
  • Rob DE JONGE
  • Steven HANN
  • Mark NIELSEN
  • Janette FRANCIS
  • Moira WERE
  • Simon MCMAHON


Knox Ward

  • Heidi GREAVES
  • Jacqueline CHALMERS
  • Alayna DE GRAAF
  • Joyal JAMES
  • David WHAN
  • Katrina SCHIRMER
  • Shane CARTER


Mid Coast Ward

  • Mark DIBDIN
  • Russell JACKSON
  • Gretel WILKES
  • Fergus WALPOLE
  • Suzanne TONKIN
  • Luke MUNRO

South Coast Ward

  • Josh REITER
  • Victor KASHYAP
  • Daniel HENNIGAN
  • Steven COOK
  • Paul YEOMANS
  • Stephen SPENCE
  • Beth REX
  • Lauren JEW
  • Robin LEWIS


Southern Vales Ward

  • Jordan PRITCHARD
  • Marisa BELL
  • Wayne TASSELL
  • Matthew FOSSEY
  • Colin BAKER
  • Wayne OLSEN
  • Gail KILBY


Pimpala Ward

  • Michael FISHER
  • Belinda HOWDEN
  • Sandra BROWN
  • Michael O'BRIEN
  • Kevin RILETT
  • Debra HOCKING


Thalassa Ward

  • Geoff EATON
  • Helen ROCHFORD
  • Ilona HARLEY
  • Philip CHABREL


Information on all candidates including profiles, photographs and statements will be available on the Electoral Commission of South Australia website once all nomination information has been validated.

For further information contact our Customer Relations team on 8384 0666.


Disclaimer/statement on third party postings regarding Council elections 
Please note that third party electoral material posted on this website or the City of Onkaparinga Facebook page will be removed as soon as it is identified and we are able to remove it.


2. Enrolling to vote

Enrolment for the 2022 Council Election closed on Friday 29 July 2022.

Voting in council elections is open to a broader range of people than state and federal elections, including non-Australian citizens, non-resident landlords and businesses.

The voters roll for council elections consists of two components – the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll, and the council supplementary roll.

Prior to the next local government election in 2022:

  • If you are on the State electoral roll you will automatically receive a voting pack mailed to your registered address.
  • Persons not on the State Electoral Roll wishing to vote in the Council Election must complete an enrolment form of eligibility and return to Council by close of Roll, 5pm on 29 July 2022.

Who can enrol to vote in council elections?

  • Residents/Individuals
  • Resident/Business owners
  • Students
  • International students
  • Landlords
  • Body corporates
  • Group (joint owners/occupiers of a facility)

Still not sure

It is free and easy to do online, visit the LGA website for further information on your entitlement to vote:

Form 1 Council Voters Roll Natural Person(PDF, 631KB) 

Use this form if you are a resident in our Council area & are not on the House of Assembly Roll for State Elections, if you are a sole owner of property in our council area but do not live in our Council area & if you are an occupier of property in our Council area but you don’t live at that property

Form 2 Council Voters Roll Body Corporate(PDF, 705KB) 
Use this form for if you are a sole business owner or occupier

Form 3 Council Voters Roll Groups Owners/Occupiers(PDF, 812KB) 
Use this form if your property is jointly owned or occupied by businesses, individual people or a combination of both

To find out more about council elections visit the Local Government Association SA website for further information.

Related links

Local Government Association SA website

Electoral Commission SA


3. Nominate for Council

Nominations are now closed for the 2022 Council Elections.

Becoming a councillor is one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

Nominating to become a member of Council is an important decision. Performing in this role will involve working long hours and on occasions, being required to deal with pressures generated by the community in regard to issues of concern to them.

However, there is also the personal satisfaction that you will gain from playing an important part in developing a better community for the future.

New Council members need to be prepared to learn a lot, very fast, nevertheless, it is a rewarding role and well worth considering and you can be assured that other Council members and staff will help.

Access the candidate portal here.

Thinking about nominating for a council position?

Visit the Local Government Association of SA and the Electoral Commission SA website to learn more about nominating for council.

Make a Difference - Nominate for Council handbook


Electoral material

Candidates for election under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 (the Act) should be aware of various provisions of the Act which may lead to criminal prosecution if breached.

Note that sections 27 and 28 of the act apply for all election material distributed from the day a person publicly announces their intention to nominate as a candidate for election.

There have been recent changes to the type of election materials permitted for use during campaigning, mainly the use of corflutes. Please review the following information sheet(PDF, 123KB) for further information.



Council candidate briefing session

Council is holding an information session on Thursday 18 August 2022 at 6.30pm. Please see flyer(PDF, 2MB)  for further information.

RSVP: Sheryn McElligott, 8301 7213 or


ECSA & LGA candidate briefing sessions

ECSA and the LGA offers candidate briefings as both live webinars and face-to-face workshops.

  • Webinar- Saturday 23 July 10am-12pm - LGA Make a Difference - Register here
  • Monday 8 August at the Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Baines Rd, Morphett Vale – 5:30-7pm
  • Webinar – Tuesday 9 August 5:30-7pm
  • Webinar - Monday 15 August 5:30-7pm
  • Webinar - Wednesday 24 August 5:30-7pm

Register online at

Who can nominate

Most people who are on the Council voters roll can stand for election.

Refer to the Electoral Commission SA website for eligibility criteria.


4. Vote

Get involved and make a difference, councils have a far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate.

Voting in Council elections is done by post.

Voting Packs

Voting packs will be mailed out from Friday 14 October 2022 to Thursday 20 October 2022.

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 2022

The ballot paper in your voting pack will show the candidates standing for election in your council ward and a ballot paper for the candidates standing for election as Mayor.

You can see all of the candidate nominees for mayor and ward councillors on the Electoral Commission of South Australia website.

Returning Voting Packs

Voting packs include a reply-paid envelope which can be returned to any Australia Post box.  Alternatively, you can personally place your vote in the reply paid envelope in the ballot box at our Noarlunga office only before 5pm Thursday 10 November 2022.

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.

Refer to the Electoral Commission SA website for further information on voting in Council elections.

Voting systems

All Council elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. For further information refer to the Electoral Commission SA website here



5. Ward maps 

To find out which ward you live in, view the city wide interactive and individual ward maps.