De­ci­sion on ward changes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

THE City of Su­bi­aco could re­tain four wards but re­duce coun­cil­lors from 11 to eight de­spite strong pub­lic sup­port for three wards and 12 coun­cil­lors.

At a coun­cil meet­ing tonight, coun­cil­lors will con­sider an of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion to re­tain the North, South, East and Cen­tral wards with two coun­cil­lors in each.

North, South and East wards cur­rently have three coun­cil­lors each.

Dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the City’s ward and rep­re­sen­ta­tion dis­cus­sion pa­per, 328 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived, with most peo­ple sup­port­ing an op­tion for three wards and 12 coun­cil­lors plus the mayor.

The of­fi­cer’s recom­men- da­tion of four wards and eight coun­cil­lors was the third most pop­u­lar op­tion from pub­lic feed­back.

An of­fi­cer’s re­port said the rec­om­men­da­tion would en­sure the equal­i­sa­tion of coun­cil­lor rep­re­sen­ta­tion across the district.

The sec­ond most pop­u­lar op­tion was no wards, while hav­ing two wards was the least favoured pro­posal.

The City last re­viewed its wards and rep­re­sen­ta­tion ratios in 2016, fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the City of Perth Act that led to Su­bi­aco los­ing part of the South ward and one coun­cil­lor.

Su­bi­aco is due to sub­mit a ward and rep­re­sen­ta­tion pro­posal to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board by Jan­uary 31, 2019.

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