For the first time since 2007 the Mansfield Shire community has an opportunity to have its say on the structure of Mansfield Shire Council when a review begins on Wednesday 30 October.
The review, undertaken by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), is known as an electoral representation review and will examine Mansfield Shire Council’s electoral structure, including:
- the number of councillors
- whether the council should remain subdivided into wards
- if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries, and the number of councillors per ward.
The review will not consider a council’s external boundaries or whether it should be combined with another council (or separated).
Reviews are generally required at least every 12 years and, according to Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately AM, are an important way of ensuring all voters are represented in a fair and equitable way.
‘The opportunity to have your say doesn’t come around too often, so it’s important to have a broad range of community members contributing to the shape of their local democracy,’ Mr Gately said.
‘If you are interested in the future electoral structure of your local area, I encourage you to get involved. Public submissions are a vital part of the review process, providing valuable local knowledge and perspectives.’
Anyone interested in finding out more about the review is encouraged to attend a public information session. The session will be held at 5.00 pm on Thursday 31 October 2019 in the Council Chambers, 33 Highett Street, Mansfield.
A submission guide and fact sheet outline the review process and provide important background information and key dates. The guide and fact sheet are available at vec.vic.gov.au.
The VEC will release its preliminary report with options for the council’s electoral structure on Wednesday 29 January 2020.
Any changes to the electoral structure of Mansfield Shire Council will apply at the next general election in 2020.