How do you want to be represented?

Introduction

In June 2020 Council began a review of the composition and structure of the Council and the division of the Council into wards, (pursuant to section 12 of the Local Government Act 1999). Two stages of community consultation were defined being:

  • Stage One - inviting community submissions on elector representation options; and
  • Stage Two - inviting community submissions on Council's preferred representative structure.
Stage One Community Consultation (October 2020)

In October 2020, Stage One of community consultation commenced with a Representation Options Paper available for community comment. The options for consideration as to the Council’s composition and structure included:

  • Option 1 Existing Structure eight (8) Wards with two (2) Councillors in each Ward with a Mayor;
  • Option 2 No Wards – 16 Councillors with a Mayor;
  • Option 3 No Wards – 12 Councillors with a Mayor;
  • Option 4 Six (6) Wards with two (2) Councillors in each Ward with a Mayor; and
  • Option 5 Four (4) Wards with three (3) Councillors in each Ward with a Mayor.

The community submissions that were received demonstrate a clear and strong preference to retain the existing composition and structure of the Council (Option 1), with this preference being underpinned by an expressed community desire to ensure that the Council retains local representation by members who know their local area.

Draft Representation Review Report

Following Stage One consultation, a Draft Representation Review Report (Report) discussing structure, composition and boundaries has been prepared for further community consideration (Stage 2 consultation). The Report has taken into consideration the proposed options presented as part of the Representation Options Paper at Stage One, the submissions received by our community, as well as all other relevant factors.

We believe our Draft Representation Review Report (refer Part 1 and Part 2) reflects our communities desire and proposes to retain the existing composition and structure, being:

  • A Mayor, elected from the Council area as a whole;
  • Eight (8) Wards; and
  • 16 Ward Councillors (two (2) elected from each Ward).

The Report has also considered, as part of this review, population projections and anticipated demographic trends in the Council area to ensure that Ward quota tolerances remain under the statutory 10%.

The figures received and analysed support all Wards remaining in quota until the next election in 2022, with the exception of the Semaphore Park Ward.

To support retaining Councils existing structure and composition, it is proposed to realign a portion of the Semaphore Park and Grange Ward boundaries, as part of Option 1. The proposed changes to the Ward boundaries would be as follows:

  • That portion of the Grange Ward, bordered by Brebner Drive, Turner Drive and the West Lakes Canal, is to be incorporated into the Semaphore Park Ward.
Stage Two Community Consultation (11 March to 1 April 2021)

Community comment is now invited on our Draft Representation Review Report. Feedback received in Stage Two will inform Council's decision making process.

After the close of submissions on this Report the Council will hear verbal representations from those people who made a submission and indicated they wished to be heard. A decision will then be made and a Final Representation Review Report will be drafted and submitted to the Electoral Commissioner, seeking a certificate of compliance. Once a certificate is obtained from ECSA, the Council is required to place a notice in the Gazette providing for the operation of the proposal in the Final Review Report.

Any changes as a result of the Review take effect from polling date for the next periodic Council election to be held in November 2022, though other dates may apply in certain circumstances in accordance with section 12(18) of the Act.

How can I view the Draft Report?

How can I comment on the Draft Report?

  • Complete the online submission form below.
  • Submit via email to mdelgiglio@charlessturt.sa.gov.au
  • Submit via mail to City of Charles Sturt, PO Box 1, Woodville SA 5011, addressed to Mary Del Giglio – Acting Team Leader Governance & Business Support.
  • Submit in person to City of Charles Sturt, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville, addressed to Mary Del Giglio – Acting Team Leader Governance & Business Support.

Submissions need to indicate if you wish to make a verbal representation at a future meeting of Council.

All written submissions must be received by 5pm on Thursday 1 April 2021.

Further information regarding the Representation Review may be obtained by contacting Kerrie Jackson – Manager Governance & Operational Support on 8408 1115 or kjackson@charlessturt.sa.gov.au

Have your say by completing the online submission form below by 5.00pm on Thursday 1 April 2021.

Stage Two consultation has now concluded.