Changes to divisional boundaries to boost numbers
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.