Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Shane Van Styn Mayor, City of Greater Ger­ald­ton

Fol­low­ing a re­view of wards and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, Coun­cil has de­cided to move away from the cur­rent ward sys­tem and re­duce their num­bers to 12.

At the Or­di­nary Coun­cil Meet­ing in Oc­to­ber, Coun­cil­lors also de­cided to re­tain a pop­u­larly elected Mayor as they be­lieve the com­mu­nity should be able to choose their civic leader. A no ward sys­tem elim­i­nates any con­fu­sion around ward bound­aries and ef­fec­tively brings ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas to­gether, al­low­ing ur­ban-based Coun­cil­lors to step up and to get to know and un­der­stand the is­sues ru­ral res­i­dents face. Putting all Coun­cil­lors up for re-elec­tion in 2019 also gives res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to choose the 12 peo­ple they be­lieve will best rep­re­sent the en­tire com­mu­nity, not just their ward.

Re­tain­ing 12 po­si­tions on Coun­cil will en­sure eq­uity and ac­count­abil­ity in a no ward sys­tem. Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion re­gard­ing wards and rep­re­sen­ta­tion will now be sub­mit­ted to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board for as­sess­ment against the re­quire­ments of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act for con­sid­er­a­tion. The Board’s rec­om­men­da­tions re­gard­ing the re­view will then be sub­mit­ted to the Min­is­ter for fur­ther re­view. The Min­is­ter’s rec­om­men­da­tions will then go to the Gover­nor who will make the fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion on wards and Coun­cil­lor rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton.

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