Section 2.2 cl. 6 of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) requires local governments with wards to carry out reviews of ward boundaries and the number of Councillors for each ward from time to time so that no more than eight years elapses between successive reviews. The purpose of the review is to evaluate the current arrangements of the local government and consider if its system of representation best reflects the characteristics of the district and its people. Possible outcomes associated with a review include:

  • The creation of new wards;
  • The changing of ward boundaries;
  • The abolishing any or all wards;
  • The changing of the name of a district or a ward;
  • The changing of the number of Councillors; and/or
  • Specifying or changing of the number of offices of Councillor for a ward.

The Shire of Mingenew (the Shire) last undertook a formal review of its ward boundaries and representation in 2012. The outcomes of the 2012 review were:

  1. The retention of the existing two Wards; [Town and Rural], and
  2. The retention of the existing number of offices of councillor for each ward [being 3 Rural and 4 Town].

Given the length of time that has passed since the last review and in preparation for the 2021 elections, the Shire Council has resolved to undertake another review of its ward and representation system to comply with the requirements of the Act.

We would like to hear from you on this matter. Please click here to download a copy of the Discussion Paper, or visit the Shire Office at 21 Victoria Street Mingenew to obtain a hard copy.

You can make a submission in writing at the Shire Office, to PO Box 120, Mingenew WA 6522 or by email to governance@mingenew.wa.gov.au.

For more information, please contact the Shire on 08 9928 1102 or email governance@mingenew.wa.gov.au.

Submissions close 10 August 2020.

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