Federal election 2022: Coolgardie polling place open after last-minute scramble to get staff

Neil WatkinsonKalgoorlie Miner
The Coolgardie polling place was open on Federal election day after getting enough staff on Friday night to operate as normal.
Camera IconThe Coolgardie polling place was open on Federal election day after getting enough staff on Friday night to operate as normal. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

The Coolgardie Community Resource Centre was open today for locals and travellers to cast their Federal election ballots, but it was “touch and go” on Friday to ensure there would be enough staff to operate the facility.

The Australian Electoral Commission’s officer-in-charge at Coolgardie told the Kalgoorlie Miner they had only two staff members at 4.30pm on Friday.

However, she said they were able to secure two local volunteers, and two AEC staff who had flown in from Eucla on Friday.

The two AEC remote area mobile polling team members said they had spent two weeks flying 5000km to ensure Central Desert communities could participate in the Federal election.

They then conducted polling in Eucla on the WA-SA border this week.

After landing in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Friday, they said they decided to stay an extra day after being asked to help operate the Coolgardie polling place.

The AEC officer-in-charge said they had been “very busy”, and it would have been “inconvenient” for both locals and travellers passing through the town if they had not been able to cast their ballots at the CRC, as they would have been forced to drive more than 30km to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

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