Shoalhaven City Council is seeking feedback on a proposed amendment to Council ward boundaries. Ward boundary changes are being considered to ensure continued compliance with the Local Government Act, which states there should be less than 10 per cent variation between the number of electors in each ward.
Currently, Shoalhaven boundaries are at a variance of 14.18 percent, this requires ward boundaries to shift slightly to ensure Council complies with legislation. Mayor Amanda Findley believes these changes will also aid by removing current confusion about where wards are split.
“Council recently accepted a proposed model to update ward boundaries.” Mayor Amanda Findley said.
“The new model will align Council Ward’s with the ABS Census districts, reduce variance, therefore, meet guidelines. And we have ensured that boundaries no longer split suburbs.
“With boundaries covering an entire suburb, this will allow a suburb’s voice to be better represented by Councillors within their wards.” Clr Findley said.
Residents are being encouraged to get online to Councils Get Involved website (https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/wardboundaryadjustment) and submit their feedback on the proposed changes for final consideration by the Council. The new Ward Boundaries will come into effect before September’s election.
Residents have until 22 November to submit their feedback.