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Ward Boundaries and Councillor Representation Review

City of Rockingham

Background

At the 22 September 2020 Council Meeting, Council resolved to:

  • Change the method of filling the office of the Mayor used by the City of Rockingham from the election by the Council method to the election by the electors method.
  • For the CEO to prepare a Ward Boundaries and Councillor Representation Review discussion paper in accordance with clause 5 of Schedule 2.2. of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) based on models presented in that report.
  • Undertake public consultation on the proposed Ward Boundaries and Councillor Representation Review in accordance with clause 7 of Schedule 2.2 of the Act.

Council’s decision means that the Mayor will be elected by the electors rather than by the Councillors for the City of Rockingham. This means that Council will increase from 11 Council members to 12 with an approximate increase of costs of $60,000 per year.

Review

We are undertaking this review to consider the implications of changing the number of Councillor positions on Council.

The last review of the ward boundaries and Councillor representation was in December 2018 and was implemented at the October 2019 local government elections. At that time there was 10 Councillors and four wards. The review in 2018 resulted in a decrease of wards from four to three and increase in Council members from 10 to 11.

A discussion paper has been developed to assist the community in considering options and ideas as well as clarifying factors that will form part of the review. The options presented are a few of the possible options and scenarios that are open to the City to consider.

This discussion paper will outline seven options, and provides an overview of each scenario assessed against the following criteria:

  • Community of interest
  • Physical and topographic features
  • Demographic trends
  • Economic factors
  • Ratio of Councillors to electors in the various wards[1]

The City will determine a preferred option relating to ward boundaries and Councillor representation following consideration of all submissions.

1Plus or minus 10% maximum variation as advised by the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) from A Guide for Local Governments How to conduct a review of wards and representation for local governments with and without a ward system October 2017.

Share your thoughts

As a resident or business operator within the City of Rockingham, you are encouraged to review this discussion paper and provide your feedback on the options presented.

Members of the community are invited to make a submission about any aspect of ward boundaries and representation and this can be made:

All submissions must be received by on or before Friday 27 November 2020.

Thank you for your interest and involvement in this review. We welcome your comments on matters that may assist to make informed and responsible decisions that benefit the City of Rockingham community.

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