Mayor Karen Williams says the community deserves to see the State Government’s draft Bill on changes to voting and structure within local councils and she’s calling for consultation.
The Mayor says the community needs to be consulted as the changes could possibly dilute the independence of local Councils.
“These are significant changes and it is only right the community has a chance to have their say, which is what Council has called for today. We have also suggested the State undertake a detailed education campaign to avoid confusion when residents head to the polls.”
Cr Williams says Council holds concerns about the reason for the proposed changes and what other changes the State Government might be considering as part of the Bill that was currently being drafted.
“Recent correspondence from the State Government, plus media reports, indicate additional proposed changes to Local Government legislation beyond the recommendations of the Belcarra report and 2016 election review.”
Council will now put their call-in writing and ask that there be a delay the tabling of any Bill proposing changes to the Local Government Act and Local Government Electoral Act until consultation with the community has occurred.
‘This includes undertaking a community education program that explains what the proposed changes mean to the community.”