The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has reviewed the electoral structure for Boroondara.
The VEC review considered:
- whether Boroondara has the appropriate number of councillors
- whether Boroondara should remain subdivided into wards, or be unsubdivided
- if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.
The VEC Preliminary Report was released on 10 April 2019. The following options were put forward for consideration by the VEC:
- Option A (VEC preferred option): Boroondara City Council consist of 11 councillors elected from 4 wards (3 three-councillor wards and 1 two-councillor ward)
- Option B (alternative option): Boroondara City Council consist of 11 councillors elected from 5 wards (4 two-councillor wards and 1 three-councillor ward)
- Option C (alternative option): Boroondara City Council consist of 11 councillors elected from 11 single-councillor wards
What is Council’s position?
Council supported Option C and made a submission to the VEC that Boroondara consist of 11 councillors elected from 11 single-councillor wards.
Why did the Council choose this position?
A single-councillor ward structure is the most suitable structure for effective representation of constituents.
Benefits of single-councillor wards include:
- elected representative who are more likely to be true local representatives
- councillors who are more likely to be easily accessible to residents
- local representatives who have a greater understanding of their local area and issues
- clear accountability between single councillors and their constituents making it difficult for poor performing councillors to ‘hide’ behind colleagues in the same ward
- better representation of geographical communities of interest
- able to act for a diverse range of voices across our community, and are more accountable to you
- one primary point of contact ensuring a consistent approach.
Can I have a copy of Council’s submission?
For more information on Council’s submission, contact the Governance Department on 9278 4470.
Victorian Electoral Commission final report
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) published its final report on 5 June 2019 following the electoral representation review of Boroondara City Council.
The report puts forward a recommended electoral structure for the Council. The VEC recommends the City of Boroondara Council consist of 11 councillors elected from 4 wards (3 three-councillor wards and 1 two-councillor ward).
As well as detailing the recommendation, the report summarises the review process, matters raised through submissions and at the public hearings, and other findings that informed the VEC during the review.
The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Adem Somyurek MLC, will decide whether to accept the recommendation. Any changes to the electoral structure will take effect at the next local council general election in October 2020.