Wards amended ahead of election

Swan CEO Mike Foley
Swan CEO Mike Foley

Under the new arrangements, the Midland and Guildford wards will combine to create a new Midland-Guildford ward. There will be three councillors in the new ward, instead of one, with one vacancy in the coming election.

The growing population in Ellenbrook has been recognised by the addition of another councillor to the ward.

There will now be two vacancies in the Ellenbrook Ward in the 2013 election.

Boundary changes also have been made to the Swan Valley-Gidgegannup, North and Altone wards, but there are no changes to the number of councillors.

Two positions will be vacant in Altone Ward and one in each of the remaining wards at the election.

The suburbs of Red Hill and Jane Brook have moved from Midland ward into the Swan Valley-Gidgegannup ward.

Upper Swan will now be contained in the Swan Valley-Gidgegannup ward, after previously being divided between the North and Swan Valley-Gidgegannup wards.

Dayton and Brabham, as well as part of Bennett Springs, have been moved from the Swan Valley-Gidgegannup Ward to Altone Ward.

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the changes were made following a review of the ratio of councillors to electors. ‘We had some excessive variations between wards in the ratio of councillors to electors, so we have made some changes to level this out,’ he said.

Mr Foley said the changes would all come into effect after the October 19 election.

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