Changes to di­vi­sional bound­aries to boost num­bers

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AN EX­PECTED reshuf­fle of Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil’s di­vi­sional bound­aries will see some res­i­dents aligned with new di­vi­sions as the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Change Com­mis­sion acts to equalise voter num­bers across coun­cil’s 10 di­vi­sions.

Mayor Mal For­man said the Change Com­mis­sion has rec­om­mended changes to di­vi­sional bound­aries.

“Coun­cil made a sub­mis­sion to the Change Com­mis­sion in July this year ad­dress­ing the en­rol­ment num­bers for each of the di­vi­sions cater­ing to the re­gions 64,228 en­rolled vot­ers,” he said.

The com­mis­sion re­ported the coun­cil’s pro­posed di­vi­sion bound­ary changes pro­vided a suit­able so­lu­tion to both the im­me­di­ate and longer-term quota re­quire­ments, while also sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties of in­ter­est.

Cr For­man said Di­vi­sions four and five were key ar­eas where bound­aries re­quired ad­just­ment to sat­isfy quota re­quire­ments.

Di­vi­sion Five which is based on Bar­gara, Coral Coast and Innes Park had an en­rol­ment of 7391 which is more than 15% above the de­sired quota av­er­age of 6423 for each di­vi­sion.

On the other hand, Di­vi­sion Four which cov­ers an area south to Walker St and a sub­stan­tial area of North Bund­aberg had just 5460 en­rol­ments or al­most 15% be­low the quota re­quire­ments.

Cr For­man said the re­cal­cu­la­tion of both these di­vi­sions would re­sult in a “knock-on” ef­fect for Di­vi­sions 6, 9 and 10.

He said no changes would ap­ply to Di­vi­sions 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8.

The com­mis­sion is invit­ing ob­jec­tions to the pro­posed changes with sub­mis­sions clos­ing on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18, at 5pm.

New bound­aries will come into ef­fect at the 2016 elec­tions.

The fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tions as made by the Change Com­mis­sion are not sub­ject to ap­peal.

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