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Ward and Council Representation Review

Should changes be made to the number of Wards and Councillors we have? What are the options? How can I have my say?

Closes: 7 December 2018 4:00pm

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Ward and Council representation review

Over the next six weeks, we will be undertaking a review of our current Ward system and Council representation.

According to the Local Government Act 1995, all local governments with wards must carry out reviews of their Ward boundaries and the number of Councillors for each Ward at least once every eight years. The purpose of this review is to evaluate our current arrangement of three Wards with nine Elected Members. The last review of our Wards and representation was in 2010.

Depending on the feedback we receive during the community consultation process, Council could look at changing or reducing the number of Elected Members representing a Ward, decreasing or increasing the number of Wards by changing existing ward boundaries or abolishing Wards altogether.

Shire President Councillor Michelle Rich said:

“At the end of the review we hope to identify the system of representation that best reflects the characteristics of our community which includes communities of interest, physical and topographical features, demographic and economic factors. It is also important for us to take into account one vote one value to ensure we have similar ratios of electors to Councillor across the Wards.”

 

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After the review

When the review is complete, a report on the process and Council’s resolution regarding Wards and representation will be submitted to the Local Government Advisory Board for assessment against the requirements of the Local Government Act 1995 and consideration of any recommended changes.

The Board’s recommendation regarding the review will then be submitted to the Minister who has the final decision on Ward and Council Representation in the Shire.

We are encouraging you to have your say on how your are represented by local government in the future.

Be informed

A discussion paper on the review of Wards and representation is available below. We urge everyone to look at the options and provide their feedback on their preferred option for Ward and Council Representation.

Make a submission

Submissions close at 4pm, Friday 7 December 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.

You can make a submission:

  1. By emailing your submission form to  info@sjshire.wa.gov.au.
  2. By posting your submission form to our Manager Governance (address below).
  3. In person at our Administration Centre.

Hard copies of the discussion paper and submission form are available at our Administration Centre.

For further information, please contact our Manager Governance on 9526 1111.