Submissions close on new ward boundaries by 28th February: look out for ‘Gerrymander time’- 11th January 2016

Present Randwick, Waverley and Woollhara Council residents have until the 28th of February to make submissions to the Boundaries Commission inquiry on how the new merged eastern suburb’s Council should be run.

Late last week the NSW Government told General Managers across the state that its’ new Councils “will be proclaimed in mid 2016 and commence immediately”. This means that Randwick, Waverley and Woolhara Councils as we know them will soon no longer exist.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson is calling for a barrage of submissions urging that “proportional voting of at least 3 councillors per ward” be retained as the way future Councillors are elected to this new eastern suburbs body. He said,

“It is crucial maintain grass roots representation by keeping proportional voting of at least three councillors per ward as the way future Councillors are elected to the new Council. I have no doubt that vested interests will be thinking ‘gerrymander time’. They will be making submissions urging that restrictive electoral hurdles are put in the path of independent and minor party candidates to keep the community voice from being heard in Council meetings.”

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