When did the City last undertake a Ward and Representation Review?
The last ward and representation review occurred in 2013. Under the Local Government Act 1995, local governments are required carry out reviews of ward boundaries and the number of offices of Councillor for each ward every eight years.
When will any changes to the wards or Councillor numbers take effect?
The City is required to submit the outcome of the review to the Local Government Advisory Board prior to the end of January 2021. Any change resulting from the review will take effect for the ordinary local government elections in October 2021.
Do Councillors make decisions for their ward or the City of Belmont as a whole?
Councillors represent the views of the residents/ratepayers within their ward. However, they are required to make decisions based on the best interests of the entire City of Belmont.
What are the current wards and elector to Councillor ratios?
The City of Belmont currently has nine (9) Councillors elected from three (3) wards.
What factors should be considered as part of a ward review?
• Sense of community identity and belonging, similarities in the characteristics of the residents of a community and similarities in the economic activities
• Dependence on the shared facilities in an area as reflected in catchment areas of local schools and sporting teams, or the circulation areas of local newspapers
Physical and topographical features
• These may be natural or man-made features that will vary from area to area. Water features such as rivers and catchment boundaries may be relevant considerations
• Coastal plain and foothills regions, parks and reserves may be relevant as may other man made features such as railway lines and freeways
• Characteristics of human populations, such as population size, and its distribution by age, sex, occupation and location provide important demographic information
• Current and projected population characteristics will be relevant as well as similarities and differences between areas within the local government
• Any factor that reflects the character of economic activities and resources in the area
• This includes the industries that occur in a local government area (or the release of land for these) and the distribution of community assets and infrastructure such as road networks
Ratio of council members to electors
• The ratio of Councillors to electors is particularly significant - it is expected that each local government will have similar ratios of electors to Councillors across its wards
• The Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) will not support deviations of more than plus or minus 10% of the average ratio of Councillors to electors between wards