City of Swan to review wards structure

City of Swan to review wards structure

THE City of Swan will review the number of its councillors and the structure of the wards they represent ahead of the next local government election in October 2017.

The purpose of the review, which was |approved by council at a meeting on November 30, is to find a structure that best suits the district and its electors.

A discussion paper outlining the current situation, potential alternative options and the review process is available on the City’s website.

A submission form is also included in the paper.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said it was important for residents to get behind the review and have their say.

“The current structure is not an option because there’s an imbalance in the number of people in each ward due to recent changes in the way voters are enrolled and the transfer of Noranda to the City of Bayswater,” he said.

“So, we are asking for feedback on the number of councillors in each district and ward, the number of wards, ward boundaries and the names of those wards.

“As any changes could affect the way people vote and how your community is represented, I strongly encourage as many residents as possible provide their feedback.”

The public submission period is now open and will run until January 31, 2017.

For more information on the Wards and Representation Review, and how to have your say, go to www.swan.wa.gov.au/Have yoursay or contact the City on 92679267.