Keep Boroondara local

Support 11 single-councillor wards 

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is reviewing the future structure of Boroondara’s electoral representation.

The VEC review will consider:

  • 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.

Your participation in the review will strongly influence the future of our electoral structure. Your input is being sought via a process of public submissions. 

VEC options

The VEC Preliminary Report was released on 10 April 2019. The following options are being considered 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 supports Option C and will make a submission to the VEC.

We are seeking your support for Option C: 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?

Yes. Council has provided a submission and can be viewed on the VEC website.

For more information on Council’s submission, contact the Governance Department on 9278 4470.

Public participation

Review timeline

  • Wednesday 8 May 2019, 5pm - Close of response submissions. 
  • Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:30pm - Public hearing, Zelman Room at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn (if required).
  • Wednesday 5 June 2019 - Release of final report.

How can I be involved?

Members of the community can express their views by making a submission to the VEC.

Where do I send my submission?

Response submissions can be sent to the VEC by:

Submissions must include the name, address and telephone contact number of the person making the submission. Without this information, the submission will not be accepted.

All submissions will be publicly available for viewing and downloading from the VEC website.

Public Hearing

There is the opportunity for people or organisations who have made a submission to speak about their submission at the public hearing. If you wish to speak at the public hearing, you must indicate this on your submission.

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