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Council has recently completed a Review of its ward representation boundaries.
1. considered various representation options and submissions from the public, and
2. concluded with Council on 27 February 2017 unanimously resolving to recommend to the Local Government Advisory Board that:
- The current seven (7) ward representation model be retained but with modified boundaries so that each ward has a councillor/elector ratio that is within the required plus or minus 10% of the average councillor/elector ratio for the entire City; and
- Each ward have two (2) councillors, ie a total of (14) councillors.
The Local Government Advisory Board is tasked with assessing Council’s recommendation and making recommendation to the Minister of Local Government. The Minister’s decision is expected towards the end of April 2017.
For details of Council’s recent ward representation review and decision, please click on the following link being the Minutes of the City Strategy Committee meeting held on 20 February 2017 - LINK
The new ward representation boundaries as approved by the Minister, will apply to the Council Elections to be held in October 2017.
For further details of the ward representation review or the current ward boundaries and maps, please call (08) 9394 5000 or email email@example.com
In accordance with schedule 2.2 of the Local Government Act 1995 (LGA) local governments are required to undertake a review of their ward boundaries and councillor representation from time to time with no more than eight years passing between each successive review.
The purpose of a review is to evaluate the current arrangements and consider other options to find the system of representation that best reflects the characteristics of the district and its people. Any of the following may be considered:
- Creating new wards in a district already divided into wards.
- Changing the boundaries of a ward.
- Abolishing any or all of the wards into which a district is divided.
- Changing the name of a district or a ward.
- Changing the number of offices of Councillor on a Council.
- Specifying or changing the number of offices of Councillor for a ward.
The LGAB encourages local governments to complete their reviews so that any changes can be in place within the eight year period. It is appropriate for local governments to undertake reviews on a more frequent basis when the district is experiencing changes to its population that may impact on representation.
When reviewing ward boundaries and Councillor representation councils must have regard for the following factors:
Community of interest
The term 'community of interest' has a number of elements. These include a sense of community identity and belonging, similarities in the characteristics of the residents of a community and similarities in the economic activities. It can also include dependence on the shared facilities in an area as reflected in catchment areas of local schools and sporting teams, or the circulation areas of local newspapers, as a few examples. Neighbourhoods, suburbs and towns are important units in the physical, historical and social infrastructure and often generate a feeling of community and belonging.
Physical and topographic features
These may be natural or man-made features that will vary from area to area. Water features, such as rivers and catchment boundaries, may be relevant considerations. Coastal plain and foothills regions, parks and reserves may be relevant as may other man-made features such as railway lines and freeways.
Several measurements of the characteristics of human populations, such as population size, and its distribution by age, sex, occupation and location provide important demographic information. Current and projected population characteristics will be relevant as well as similarities and differences between areas within the local government.
Economic factors can be broadly interpreted to include any factor that reflects the character of economic activities and resources in the area. This may include the industries that occur in a local government area (or the release of land for these) and the distribution of community assets and infrastructure, such as road networks.
Ratio of Councillors to Electors in the various Wards
The Local Government Advisory Board has indicated that changes to ward boundaries and representation that result in ratios greater than plus or minus 10% to the ratio without wards, are unlikely to be supported.
The City’s online mapping tool can be found here. After agreeing to the terms and conditions you will be presented with a map of the district.
To view the new (and old) ward boundary information on the far left hand side of your screen please select the ward boundary layer/s you wish to view as indicated in the picture below:
Locate and select your property where you will then be presented with information about your property including your ward and Councillors.