LOCAL residents are encouraged to have their say on a ward review of the Shire of Mundaring.
At the Council meeting on Tuesday 12 April, Council resolved to undertake the review, which is required under the Local Government Act 1995.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Paul O'Connor said Council last reviewed the wards and representative structure in 2011.
"The purpose of this review is to evaluate the existing arrangement of four wards and twelve elected members and consider other options to find the system of representation that is most appropriate and best suits the characteristics of the Shire and our residents," he said.
"Council must review the ward boundaries and the number of councillors for each ward. A Community Discussion Paper has been prepared with residents, ratepayers and businesses within the Shire encouraged to review it and provide feedback on the options presented."
The Community Discussion Paper outlines eight options which have been developed to encourage discussion.
- Option 1: Four wards (Central Ward cedes Hovea), 12 elected members
Option 2: Four wards (Central Ward cedes Hovea), eight elected members
- Option 3: Four wards (amendments to Central, South and West Wards), 12 elected members
- Option 4: Four wards (amendments to Central, South and West Wards), eight elected members
- Option 5: Three wards, 12 elected members
- Option 6: Three wards, eight elected members
- Option 7: Two wards, nine elected members
- Option 8: No wards, eight elected members
"The Shire is not promoting any particular option and is open to alternative proposals from the community," Mr O'Connor said.
"Council will consider all submissions received and will then make a determination on ward boundaries and elected member representation levels. Any Council-supported changes to the current structure will then be submitted to the Local Government Advisory Board and the Minister for approval.
"The review is being conducted now so that any changes can be implemented at the local government elections in October 2017."
A Community Consultation Forum will be held in the Civic Area at the Shire Administration Centre on Thursday 12 May at 6.30 pm.
Public submissions close at 4pm on 30 June. Submission can be received by an online survey here. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Shire Administration Building and libraries. Alternatively, submissions will be received by email firstname.lastname@example.org or at 7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring.