Melville Ward Boundary Review 2016

In conducting a review of its ward boundaries and councillor representation, the City of Melville is encouraging residents to make submissions on the proposed options.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said a Community Discussion Paper had been created outlining a number of possible options and including information to enable the community to also suggest other suitable options.

“We currently have six wards with two councillors in each of those wards, and due to legislative requirements it is now time for us to review our ward system, this means the community has a great opportunity to contribute towards the final outcome,” he said.

“Since the last review in 2008, elector numbers have increased leaving the University Ward outside of the permitted ratio of councillors to residents according to deviations set by the Local Government Advisory Board.

“There are pros and cons for every option presented in the Discussion Paper, so we really encourage residents to look them over, choose a preferred option or alternatively suggest other options that meet the requirements and importantly - tell us why.”

“Submissions can be done via our user-friendly online system at melvilletalks.com.au/wardreview or via paper submission, and while the City is not the final decision maker your feedback will be presented as part of a report to the Local Government Advisory Board for their final consideration,” Mayor Aubrey said.

The Local Government Advisory Board will consider the community feedback and a number of other factors before making a recommendation on wards and councillor numbers. Factors to be taken into consideration include:

  1. Community of Interests
  2. Physical and topographic features
  3. Demographic trends
  4. Economic factor; and
  5. Ratio of Councillors to Electors in the various wards.

Public submissions must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday, 28 October 2016 via the following methods:

Online           melvilletalks.com.au/wardreview

In person      10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon

By post         Locked Bag 1, Booragoon WA 6954

By email        submission@melville.wa.gov.au

For more information regarding the ward boundary review contact Corrine Newman on 9364 0602.

For a printed copy of the Community Discussion Paper and form call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.