Divided we fall?
Axing divisional council representation an unpopular move, group says
THE move by Bundaberg regional councillors to request Local Government Minister David Crisafulli remove divisional representation has been met with mixed reaction.
Isis District Residents and Ratepayers Association president John van Barneveld said while he wasn’t for or against the move, he was concerned by the lack of community consultation.
“It goes against what we want,” Mr van Barneveld said, citing polls undertaken by the council in 2009, 2010 and earlier this year that showed the majority of the community supported divisional representation.
Division 2 councillor Tony Ricciardi voted in favour of the application as he believed all representatives should be “accountable to every ratepayer”.
“The last election where four councillors (myself included) were returned unopposed is, in my view, not a true expression of the view of voters across the region,” Cr Ricciardi said.
The only role voted upon by every eligible voter is mayor.
The council reviewed its electoral boundaries at an ordinary meeting on Tuesday, which, as part of the Local Government Act 2009, it must do no later than March 1, 2015.
Acting mayor David Batt said although the council could ask for divisional representation to be abolished, the decision lay with Mr Crisafulli.