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Ward Boundary Plan Amendments

Ward Boundary Plan Amendments
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.

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Do you support the proposed Boundary Changes as detailed in the Ward Boundary Plan?
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This text box is limited to 4000 characters. If you want to exceed this word limit please upload your submission as a PDF.

Alternatively, you can email a written submission to wardreview@ncc.nsw.gov.au

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.

Protecting your privacy

The City of Newcastle is committed to protecting your privacy.  We take reasonable steps to comply with relevant legislation and Council policy.
Purpose of collecting personal details: Council is collecting this information to determine the local community’s views and opinions on the proposal outlined.
Intended recipients:  Information provided as part of the consultation will be used as part of the investigation into the proposal, and may be included in future reports on the issue.
Storage and security:  Information provided will be stored on Council's database and will be subject to Council’s information and privacy policies.
Access: Individuals can access data to check accuracy by contacting Council.

Current and Proposed Ward Maps (document library)

Ward Boundary Plan

Project timeline

26 November 2019
Council considers submissions; makes final decision; submits revised Ward Boundary Plan to Electoral Commissioner

Frequently asked questions

Councils may be either:

a)    undivided - where the whole council electorate elects all the councillors for the council; or

b)    divided into wards - where each ward electorate elects an equal number of councillors to make up the whole council.

City of Newcastle is divided into Wards.

Visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for more information on Local Government wards and areas.

Currently, City of Newcastle has four (4) wards which each elect three Councillors, plus a popularly elected Lord Mayor resulting in 13 Councillors. See the Ward Boundary Plan for the current and proposed map of the wards, or view www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Council/About-Council/Ward-maps

Section 211 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that where there is a greater than 10% variation in the number of electors between wards, a council must review and adjust the ward boundaries so that the variance is less than 10% between any ward.

The following table indicates the current number of electors within the existing wards and the proposed number of electors within the proposed ward boundaries. As can be seen, under the current ward boundaries, there is a difference of greater than 10% between the number of electors in Ward 2 (being 11.90%) and Ward 3 (being 14.92%) with Ward 4.
  Current1 no of electors in each ward % difference to Ward 4 Proposed no of electors in each ward % difference to Ward 3
Ward 1 31,745 -2.27% 29,701 -6.48%
Ward 2 28,619 -11.90% 29,678 -6.55%
Ward 3 27,638 -14.92% 31,758 -
Ward 4 32,484 - 29,349 -7.59%
  120,486   120,486  
Note 1: Numbers as at July 2019, sourced from NSW Electoral Commission

As the variance between ward 4 and wards 2 & 3 is greater than 10%, CN is required by legislation to undertake this ward review. This review has been undertaken and a revised Ward Boundary Plan prepared which will reduce the differences in the number of electors between ward to under 10% as indicated in the table above.
Records indicate that the Ward Boundaries were ratified by City of Newcastle in 1993/94 following the proclamation of the Local Government Act 1993.
  1. Once Council is aware that a discrepancy in the number of electors between Wards is greater than 10% then it must alter the Ward boundaries.
  2. Before altering the Ward boundaries, CN must consult the NSW Electoral Commissioner and the Australian Statistician to ensure the new proposed ward boundaries, as far as practicable, correspond to electoral districts and statistical area boundaries.
  3. CN prepares a Ward Boundary Plan showing the existing ward boundaries and the proposed changes to the ward boundaries and resolves to place the Ward Boundary Plan on public exhibition.
  4. Following public exhibition (42 days) of the Proposed Ward Boundary Plan, Council must consider all submissions received during the public consultation period (42 days) and make its decision on the proposed Ward Boundary Plan.
  5. The revised Ward Boundary Plan then applies for the next Local Government Elections.

The Ward Boundary Plan provides detail regarding the changes with the proposed boundaries of Ward indicated by a blue line and where the proposed boundary differs from the current boundary it is indicated by a red line.

Under the proposed boundary changes Ward 1 would contain Carrington, Islington, Maryville, Mayfield, Mayfield East, Mayfield North, Mayfield West, Newcastle, Newcastle East, Stockton, The Hill, Tighes Hill, Warabrook, Wickham and parts of Bar Beach, Cooks Hill and Newcastle West

The major change proposed is the removal of The Junction
Under the proposed boundary changes Ward 2 would contain the suburbs of Adamstown, Adamstown Heights, Hamilton East, Hamilton South, Merewether, Merewether Heights, The Junction and parts of Bar Beach, Broadmeadow, Cooks Hill, Hamilton, Kotara and Newcastle West.
The major changes proposed involve the removal of Hamilton North and the addition of parts of The Junction and Kotara.
Under the proposed boundary changes Ward 3 would contain the suburbs of Birmingham Gardens, Callaghan, Georgetown, Hamilton North, Jesmond, Kotara, Lambton, New Lambton, New Lambton Heights, North Lambton, Waratah, Waratah West and parts of Broadmeadow, Elermore Vale, Hamilton, Kotara, Rankin Park and Wallsend.
The major changes proposed involve the addition of Hamilton North, Birmingham Gardens and Callaghan as well as parts of Rankin Park and Elermore Vale.
Under the proposed boundary changes Ward 2 would contain the suburbs of Beresfield, Black Hill, Fletcher, Hexham, Kooragang, Lenaghan, Maryland, Minmi, Sandgate, Shortland, Tarro and parts of Elermore Vale and Wallsend.
The major changes proposed involve the removal of Birmingham Gardens and Callaghan.
For more information regarding the proposed changes refer to the Ward Boundary Community Discussion Paper.

Once the revised Ward Boundary Plan is adopted it will apply for the Local Government Elections in the City of Newcastle Local Government Area to be held in September 2020.

You may submit an alternative proposal. However, any alternate proposal before it can be considered by Council must not result in the difference in the number of electors between wards being greater than 10% and must also have been referred to the Electoral Commissioner and Australian Statistician for review.

No, the ward boundaries only affect the local government elections.
No, the ward boundaries only affect the City of Newcastle local government elections.
Submissions close at midnight on Thursday 10 October 2019.
Detailed information about each option is contained in the Ward Boundary Plan 2019 and Review of Ward Boundaries Community Discussion Paper which can be found in the online project document library. Alternatively, hard copies are available for inspection at the City of Newcastle Administration Centre, 282 King Street Newcastle and the Libraries.
For further information you can contact Joe Vescio on 02 4974 2000 or by email wardreview@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Contact us

Joe Vescio

Executive Officer

Phone: 02 4974 2000
Email: wardreview@ncc.nsw.gov.au

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