Review of System of Representation

Published on Friday, 28 October 2022 at 2:43:29 PM

Review of System of Representation

The Minister for Local Government recently released an instruction to all Western Australian Local Governments relating to proposed amendments to the Local Government Act 1995 expected to be considered by Parliament in early 2023.

Two of these proposals are to:

  • Limit the number of Councillors based on population; and
  • Removal of wards for band 3 and 4 local governments.

The Shire of Chapman Valley is a band 4 Local Government and currently does not have a ward system (with this to continue). It is also proposed that Local Governments with a population of up to 5000 people must decide to have either 5, 6 or 7 Councillors. Chapman Valley currently has 8 Councillors so a reduction in number is required.

It is now a requirement to conduct a review of its system of representation and invites public participation in the review.

The number of elected members and the no ward structure will be assessed though this does not limit the matters that members of the community can raise in relation to the system of representation in the Shire.

Please see the below advert on how best to respond to the review. Submissions close 4pm, Monday 12th December 2022.

The discussion paper noted below is available HERE

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