The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has reviewed the ward boundaries of Wyndham City Council and recommends adjustments to the boundaries between Chaffey Ward and Harrison Ward.
The Local Government Act 1989 (LG Act) requires the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) to conduct a subdivision review to ensure the equitable representation of all voters in a local council. The LG Act prescribes that the number of voters per councillor in each ward must be within plus-or-minus 10% of the average number of voters per councillor across the local council. This is known as the ‘equality requirement’.
As population changes affect voter numbers and distribution in subdivided local councils, one or more wards may be unlikely to meet this requirement at the next general election. In such circumstances, the VEC recommends adjustments to internal ward boundaries to ensure that all wards meet the equality requirement before the next election and ideally, until the next scheduled electoral representation review.
Current number of councillors and electoral structure
Wyndham City Council currently comprises 11 councillors elected from three wards
(one three-councillor ward and two four-councillor wards). More information on Wyndham City Council is available on the VEC website at vec.vic.gov.au.
In 2018, the VEC notified the Minister for Local Government that one or more wards were unlikely to meet the equality requirement at the 2020 general election. Accordingly, the Minister notified the VEC that a subdivision review of Wyndham City Council was required before the 2020 general election.
A preliminary report was released on Wednesday 12 February 2020 proposing adjustments to the boundary between Chaffey Ward and Harrison Ward within Wyndham City Council.
The VEC received three submissions responding to the preliminary report by the deadline of 5.00 pm on Wednesday 11 March 2020.
The VEC scheduled a public hearing for those wishing to speak about their response submission at 7.00 pm on Thursday 19 March 2020. There were no requests to speak so the hearing was not held.
To find out more about the review process and how you can have your say, visit the Wyndham City Council review page on the VEC website.