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In 2017 Council completed a review of its ward representation boundaries and on 21 October 2017 the new ward boundaries took effect. The changes, which cover a combined area of 545 square kilometres include:
- The retention of a seven ward representation model 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
- The retention of two councillors per ward, creating a total of 14 councillors
- The renaming of Jarrah and Neerigen wards to Hills and Ranford wards respectively
For details of Council’s recent ward representation review and decision, please view the Minutes of the City Strategy Committee meeting held on 20 February 2017.
The Local Government Advisory Board endorsed Council’s recommendation without modification, with both the Minister for Local Government and Governor approving the changes, which was then gazetted on 30 June 2017.
For further details of the ward representation review or the ward boundaries call 9394 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Local Government Advisory Board (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 LGAB has indicated that changes to ward boundaries and representation that result in ratios greater than plus or minus 10% different to the whole local government, are unlikely to be supported.
The CIty has an online mapping tool to assist the community find out more information about their area and property. This tool is available here. After agreeing to the terms and conditions you will be presented with a map of the district.
To view the ward boundary information - on the far left hand side of your screen select the ward boundary layer/s you wish to view as indicated in the picture below:
Locate and select your property and you will then be presented with information about your property including your ward and councillors.