Consultation is now closed.
Consultation will run from 2 October 2015 to 13 November 2015.
Craig Dalli - Executive Manager Corporate Services
Ph: (02) 9911 3510
In preparation for the 2016 Local Government Elections currently scheduled for Saturday, 10 September 2016 Council has recently undertaken a review of existing voting ward boundaries.
Under Section 211 of the Local Government Act 1993 ("The Act"), councils are required to review their wards and alter them if "the number of electors in one ward in its area differs by more than 10% from the number of electors in any other ward in its area". Council last considered this matter in March 2006 and altered its ward boundaries to ensure the variation in wards was less than 10%.
There is currently a variation of more than 10% of electors between West Ward and Central Ward and the variation is expected to grow with the anticipated increase in residents between now and the September 2016 Elections as a result of the significant number of units due for completion. As such, Council is proposing to alter the ward boundaries throughout the Local Government Area in order to ensure that voter numbers within each ward remain compliant with the Act and do not vary by greater than 10%.
Council is consulted with the community on the following two (2) proposed options:-
1. The realignment of current boundaries and the retention of three (3) voting wards; and
2. The redrafting of ward boundaries and the establishment of nine (9) voting wards.
To find out more you can view maps illustrating these proposed changes below as well as Council's Background Report.
A post consultation report was considered by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 7 December 2015 where it was resolved that The
matter be deferred and a further review come back to Council once the
Government’s Fit for the Future program is clear.
The minutes from this council meeting are now available on Council website.