Thursday 19 January 2023
For immediate release
Throughout 2023–24, 39 Victorian local councils will undergo electoral structure reviews. Round one reviews for 12 rural shire councils, including Northern Grampians Shire Council, kick off next week.
The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) introduced several changes, including that all rural shire councils must now be either:
- subdivided with single-councillor wards
- multi-councillor wards with an equal number of councillors per ward.
The reviews will be conducted by independent electoral representation advisory panels. Under the Act, the Electoral Commissioner (or delegate) must be a member of a panel.
'The panels will consider if councils have an appropriate number of councillors and whether they should be one large unsubdivided area or subdivided into wards,' Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said. 'If the council will be subdivided, the panel will look at how many wards the council should have, the number of councillors in each ward, ward boundaries and ward names.'
The review of Northern Grampians Shire Council is in group one along with the reviews of 3 other councils.
Online public information sessions to announce the start of the reviews, explain the processes, and open the submissions period will be held for this group of councils at 12 noon on Monday 23 January and 6 pm on Tuesday 24 January 2023. Visit vec.vic.gov.au/northern-grampians to find out how to attend an online public information session.
Preliminary submissions for the electoral structure review of Northern Grampians Shire Council open at 9 am on Wednesday 25 January 2023 and close at 5 pm on Wednesday 15 February 2023.
The panel encourages all Victorians in the councils under review to contribute to the review process and have their say.
People interested in making a submission can map their proposed electoral structure online using the public submission tool available on the VEC website.