Ward and Representation Review 2020

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City of Subiaco Council Chambers at the Administration Centre

Why was a ward review needed?

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act), the City of Subiaco reviewed its ward system to comply with the requirements of the Act.

When the City of Perth Act 2016 became operational on 1 July 2016, it resulted in a reduction of some 3,300 residents in the City of Subiaco and a significant reduction in the size of South Ward. This made the ratio of elected members to electors across the wards uneven and triggered the need for a review.

What factors need to be considered?

When considering changes to wards and representations, the Local Government Act 1995 specifies five factors that must be taken into account as part of the review process:

  1. Community of interests
  2. Physical and topographic features
  3. Demographic trends
  4. Economic factors
  5. Ratio of elected members to electors in the various wards

What do councillors do and how many are needed?

The Mayor and councillors shape the City’s future in consultation with the community, making decisions on behalf of the local government through a formal meeting process. They represent the community’s interests in many ways. For example, they vote on initiatives and projects, review policy, manage assets, decide how funds are allocated and plan for the future.

According to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the ideal number of elected members for a local government is for the local government to determine. There is a diverse range of councillor to elector ratios across Western Australia reflecting the sparsely populated remote areas and the highly populated urban areas.

Currently, the City of Subiaco has 12 elected members comprising a Mayor and 11 councillors. There is 1 councillor for every 1,078 residents. The City of Subiaco is considering options with 6, 8, 10 or 12 councillors

Which options are being considered?

Council is considering 12 options. These options were explained in detail in the Review of Ward Boundaries and Elected Member Representation Discussion Paper. A summary of these options was provided in Table 1 of the Ward Review Summary Brochure.

Public submission period

The City wanted to hear from everyone impacted by this review. This included ratepayers, residents, business owners, people who work in the local area and visitors. The City appointed independent research company Catalyse to manage the engagement process. Public submissions closed at 4:00pm on Monday 30 November 2020. Thank you to all those who completed a survey submission form.

After referring to the Review of Ward Boundaries and Elected Member Representation Discussion Paper and considering the options, members of the community were invited to make a written submission about any aspect of ward boundaries and representation during the six week consultation period, which has now closed.

The City will make a determination on any preferred option relating to ward boundaries or councillor representation levels following consideration of all submissions received.

Next step

Thank you for your interest and involvement in this review. Public submissions closed at 4:00pm on Monday 30 November 2020. Thank you to all those who completed a survey submission form. All submissions will be reviewed and used to strengthen and inform Council's decision making process.

For further information please contact the city’s Governance team on city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or 9237 9222.



Why was a ward review needed?

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act), the City of Subiaco reviewed its ward system to comply with the requirements of the Act.

When the City of Perth Act 2016 became operational on 1 July 2016, it resulted in a reduction of some 3,300 residents in the City of Subiaco and a significant reduction in the size of South Ward. This made the ratio of elected members to electors across the wards uneven and triggered the need for a review.

What factors need to be considered?

When considering changes to wards and representations, the Local Government Act 1995 specifies five factors that must be taken into account as part of the review process:

  1. Community of interests
  2. Physical and topographic features
  3. Demographic trends
  4. Economic factors
  5. Ratio of elected members to electors in the various wards

What do councillors do and how many are needed?

The Mayor and councillors shape the City’s future in consultation with the community, making decisions on behalf of the local government through a formal meeting process. They represent the community’s interests in many ways. For example, they vote on initiatives and projects, review policy, manage assets, decide how funds are allocated and plan for the future.

According to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the ideal number of elected members for a local government is for the local government to determine. There is a diverse range of councillor to elector ratios across Western Australia reflecting the sparsely populated remote areas and the highly populated urban areas.

Currently, the City of Subiaco has 12 elected members comprising a Mayor and 11 councillors. There is 1 councillor for every 1,078 residents. The City of Subiaco is considering options with 6, 8, 10 or 12 councillors

Which options are being considered?

Council is considering 12 options. These options were explained in detail in the Review of Ward Boundaries and Elected Member Representation Discussion Paper. A summary of these options was provided in Table 1 of the Ward Review Summary Brochure.

Public submission period

The City wanted to hear from everyone impacted by this review. This included ratepayers, residents, business owners, people who work in the local area and visitors. The City appointed independent research company Catalyse to manage the engagement process. Public submissions closed at 4:00pm on Monday 30 November 2020. Thank you to all those who completed a survey submission form.

After referring to the Review of Ward Boundaries and Elected Member Representation Discussion Paper and considering the options, members of the community were invited to make a written submission about any aspect of ward boundaries and representation during the six week consultation period, which has now closed.

The City will make a determination on any preferred option relating to ward boundaries or councillor representation levels following consideration of all submissions received.

Next step

Thank you for your interest and involvement in this review. Public submissions closed at 4:00pm on Monday 30 November 2020. Thank you to all those who completed a survey submission form. All submissions will be reviewed and used to strengthen and inform Council's decision making process.

For further information please contact the city’s Governance team on city@subiaco.wa.gov.au or 9237 9222.