Glenelg Shire to remain a ward-free zone
A MAJORITY of locals who put forward their opinions might have believed that there should be greater guaranteed rural representation on Glenelg Shire Council, but the Victorian Electoral Commission has opted to stick with the status quo.
Following an almost five-month electoral representation review, the VEC on Wednesday released its final report.
It recommends that the current electoral structure – an unsubdivided shire with seven councillors – be retained.
That is likely to lock in the system for at least another 12 years, with such reviews generally carried out before every third election.
The last such review was held in 2007 and saw the abolition of the ward structure previously used to elect councillors, as well as reducing the number of representatives from nine to seven.
This year’s review offered three options – the current arrangement, one with two wards and another with three wards.
Those options attracted 13 submissions, with six supporting the status quo and the other seven wanting some sort of ward-based system.
“The VEC acknowledges the desire expressed in submissions and at the public hearing that more councillors be drawn from areas across the entire local council,” the report says.