Sharpen your pencils and brace yourself for the onslaught of election advertising material.
The Chinese zodiac may claim that 2013 is the year of the snake, but the way the political stars have aligned you could be mistaken for thinking it was the year of the elections.
On March 9, Rockingham and Kwinana residents will head to the polls for the State election and by the end of the year they will have cast their vote at the Federal poll.
In between, residents will also have the choice to vote at the local government elections in October, when both Rockingham and Kwinana councils will hopefully have a clearer picture about their future following the Local Government Review.
The two State political parties will swing into full campaign mode after Australia Day and local eyes will be on the electorates of Rockingham, Kwinana and Warnbro.
Kwinana is set to be the most fascinating battle, with Kwinana mayor Carol Adams running again as an independent against Labor incumbent Roger Cook.
If it is anything like the 2008 election, when Mr Cook prevailed by just 300 votes, it could be days until after the election until the result of the seat is known.
For the next 66 days candidates for all three seats will be talking to anyone that will listen and will be trying to convince voters why they should be their voice in State parliament.
A visit to Rockingham by the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader after March is not out of the question when the political attention will turn from State matters to Federal issues.
The seat of Brand, tipped as the most marginal in WA, will be a fascinating contest between incumbent Gary Gray and Brand Liberal candidate Donna Gordin.
Once voters have caught their breath from the State election, both candidates will ramp up their campaigns and leave no stone unturned in their quest for victory.
Away from elections, there will be plenty of interest in the Environmental Protection Authority’s report about the proposed Mangles Bay Marina.
Until the EPA hands down its report, the issue will continue to be the dominant local topic and, whatever the EPA’s decision, it is unlikely we will have heard the last of the issue.
The biggest and most immediate issue for Rockingham City Council will be to complete the $900,000 arts centre on Kent Street, which was due to open last October.
Briklay, the company awarded the $989,000 contract, went into receivership last September and since then the site has remained closed and barricaded by 2m-high fencing.
When the year is out the political picture will be complete, no matter how exhaustive the process.
Whatever happens, one thing is for certain, a ballot box will be coming to a place near you.