Have Your Say: 2022 Review of Ward Boundaries & Representation

23 November 2022 9:00 AM

The State Government, as part of a major review of the Local Government Act 1995, has recently announced significant changes with respect to councillor numbers and the method of election of the Mayor/President for some local governments. Comments close 5pm on Friday, 20 January 2023.

The minimum/maximum number of councillors will now be determined by population and for local governments within the Band 1 or 2 classifications, will mean the Mayor/President must be elected by the electors of the district. Councillor numbers permitted by population bands are:

  • Up to 5,000 – 5 councillors (including the President).
  • Between 5,000 and 75,000 – 5 to 9 councillors (including the Mayor/President)
  • Above 75,000 – 9 to 15 councillors (including the Mayor)

Consequently, the City of Kalamunda (City) which is classified as a band 2 local government and a current population of around 61,000, can now only have a maximum of 8 councillors plus a Mayor elected by the electors.

To ensure that there is not an imbalance in the number of electors per councillor between the wards and that the number of councillors for the City and each ward meets the legislative requirements and is appropriate for providing proper governance and community representation across the district, the City is reviewing its wards and representative structure.

Currently the City is divided into four (4) electoral wards, each electing three (3) councillors. The Mayor is elected by the councillors.

Council last reviewed its wards and representation in November 2016.

The review is being carried out in accordance with clause 6 of Schedule 2.2 of the Local Government Act 1995 and will assess the appropriateness of:

  • The current ward boundaries.
  • The number of councillors representing each ward.

Have Your Say!

Find more information about this review and provide feedback via engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/2022-review-of-ward-boundaries-representation.

In addition, associated documentation can be viewed at the Administration Centre located at 2 Railway Road, Kalamunda during office hours. Any person who wishes to provide feedback in writing can do so via:

In Person: City of Kalamunda, 2 Railway Road, Kalamunda
Email: enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au
Post: PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926

Comments close 5pm on Friday, 20 January 2023
For any further information, please contact the City of Kalamunda via telephone on (08) 9257 9999 during office hours.

 

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