Fit For The Future Mergers: Randwick Councillors wrestle with how to preserve community representation in submission to the Boundaries Commission – 19th February 2016

Next Tuesday night Randwick Councillors will vote on how they will argue that future Councillors should be elected to the new merged Council formed by the State Government in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson wants to keep the present three-Councillor-per-ward electroal system. He said this week,

“Genuine community representation is at stake. The majority of Randwick Councillors will be failing to show leadership if they don’t vote to endorse the Transition group’s draft submission that essentially supports the continuation of the three-Councillor-per-ward electoral system presently used by Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

This system requires candidates to achieve 25% of the vote, which allows independents and minor partys a democratic chance of election.

Failing to put in a submission could allow other interests to succeed in pushing the electoral high jump up to 33% by the adoption of a two-councillor-per-ward system or to 50% under a one Councillor setup.”


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