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.