Ward Boundary and Councillor Representation Review
Date16 October 2020
City of Rockingham residents are encouraged to help shape the future of their Council, with the City seeking feedback on the Ward Boundaries and Councillor Representation Review 2020.
The review of ward boundaries and councillor representation was triggered by Council’s decision at the September meeting to change the method of filling the office of Mayor. As a result, the Mayor will now be elected by the community instead of via a Council vote at the next local government elections in October 2021.
This decision means that unless a review is undertaken the numbers would increase from 11 Council members to 12 overall, including an elector Mayor and approximate increase in costs of $60,000 per year. The City is carrying out this review to consider the implications of changing the number of positions on Council.
The last review of ward boundaries and councillor representation was undertaken in December 2018 and implemented at the October 2019 local government elections. The review in 2018 resulted in a decrease of wards from four to three and increase in Council members from 10 to 11.
Residents are able to provide feedback on the Ward Boundaries and Councillor Representation Review 2020 discussion paper, which outlines seven options based on several criteria including demographic trends, economic factors, and the ratio of councillors to electors in various wards.
The seven options include:
- Option A: Maintaining the current wards (11 councillors and one elector Mayor – 12 Council members).
- Option B: No wards (any number of councillors, 12 or below).
- Option C: Create two wards (nine councillors and one elector Mayor – 10 Council members).
- Option D: Create two wards (eight councillors and one elector Mayor – nine council members).
- Option E: Modified three wards (eight councillors and one elector Mayor – nine council members).
- Option F: Create four wards (eight councillors and one elector Mayor – nine Council members)
- Option G: Create two wards (10 councillors and one elector Mayor – 11 Council members).
Visit Share Your Thoughts to view the discussion and provide feedback.
All submissions must be received on or before Friday 27 November 2020.