City of Newcastle (CN) currently has four wards which elect three Councillors each, plus a popularly elected Lord Mayor, resulting in 13 Councillors. Section 211 of the Act requires that CN review the ward boundaries. If during its term of office it becomes aware that the number of electors in one ward differs by more than 10% from the number of electors in any other ward, for a 12 month period, it must as soon as practicable alter the ward boundaries to ensure that any discrepancy in the number of electors between each Ward is less than 10%.
CN has become aware that the current electors in its wards have a variance of more than 10% (see Table 1). As such is required (under the Act) to amend the ward boundaries so that the resultant number of electors in each ward differ by less than 10%.
Residents and businesses within our Local Government Area (LGA) are encouraged to review the Ward Boundary Plan and Discussion Paper and provide feedback on the option presented. You can view the current and proposed boundaries on our interrative map or the four ward maps in the 'document library'.
We will consider all submissions received and then make a determination on ward boundaries. The revised Ward Boundary Plan will then be forwarded to the NSW Electoral Commissioner for use at the next local government elections in September 2020.
As per legislative requirements, the draft Plan must be placed on exhibition for a period of 28 days – 42 days.
Alternatively, you can email a written submission to email@example.com
Postal submissions can be sent to:
Chief Executive Officer
City of Newcastle
Attention: Joe Vescio
PO Box 489
Newcastle NSW 2300
Subject: Submission - Ward Boundary Review
Reference 'Ward Boundary Review' in the title for emailed and posted submissions.
The public exhibition period closes midnight on Thursday 10 October 2019.
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