Representation Review : Phase two

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Consultation has concluded

This engagement has now concluded

Tuesday 3 August 2021

The second stage of consultation commenced Thursday, 18 June 2021 and closed on Friday, 9 July 2021. Twenty-three submissions were received.

Full results can be viewed in the Representation Review Submissions Report 2 containing the public consultation outcomes.

The Representation Review Submissions Report was reviewed by Elected Members at a Council meeting on 27 July 2021.

The Councillors endorsed that Administration provides the Final Report pursuant to section 12(12) of the Local Government Act 1999 to the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) with the following proposal:

  • the principal member of Council continues to be a Mayor elected by the community;
  • area councillors are not introduced in addition to ward councillors;
  • the future elected body of Council comprises the Mayor and twelve (12) ward councillors;
  • the Council area continue to be divided into four (4) wards, as per the current ward structure, with each of the wards being represented by three (3) councillors; and
  • the wards continue to be named Glenelg, Somerton, Brighton and Seacliff.

ECSA will consider the Final Report and determine whether to give certification of the proposal to the Council.

Download the Representation Review Submissions report here (659 KB) (pdf)

This engagement has now concluded

Tuesday 3 August 2021

The second stage of consultation commenced Thursday, 18 June 2021 and closed on Friday, 9 July 2021. Twenty-three submissions were received.

Full results can be viewed in the Representation Review Submissions Report 2 containing the public consultation outcomes.

The Representation Review Submissions Report was reviewed by Elected Members at a Council meeting on 27 July 2021.

The Councillors endorsed that Administration provides the Final Report pursuant to section 12(12) of the Local Government Act 1999 to the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) with the following proposal:

  • the principal member of Council continues to be a Mayor elected by the community;
  • area councillors are not introduced in addition to ward councillors;
  • the future elected body of Council comprises the Mayor and twelve (12) ward councillors;
  • the Council area continue to be divided into four (4) wards, as per the current ward structure, with each of the wards being represented by three (3) councillors; and
  • the wards continue to be named Glenelg, Somerton, Brighton and Seacliff.

ECSA will consider the Final Report and determine whether to give certification of the proposal to the Council.

Download the Representation Review Submissions report here (659 KB) (pdf)

Consultation has concluded
  • Consultation results and next steps

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    Wednesday 26 May update

    Consultation commenced Thursday, 18 February 2021 and closed on Friday, 9 April 2021. Sixty one submissions were received.

    Full results can be viewed in the Representation Review Submissions Report containing the public consultation outcomes.

    The Representation Review Submissions Report was reviewed by Elected Members at a council meeting on 25 May.

    The councillors endorsed in principle the following components of the proposed future composition of council for inclusion in a Representation Review Report:

    • The principle member of council continues to be a Mayor, elected by the community at council elections
    • No area councillors be proposed
    • The area of the council should continue to be divided into 4 wards
    • That each wards is represented by 3 councillors

    A Representation Review Report will now be produced that sets out the proposed structure that Council has selected, which will be released for public consultation in July 2021.

    More details about the next public consultation will be published here soon.

    Representation Review Submissions Report (PDF)


  • Option 1- Current ward structure - Four wards, twelve councillors

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    The retention of the existing ward structure, which divides the Council area into four (4) wards, with each ward being represented by three (3) ward Councillors.

    Comments

    The council area has been divided into four (4) wards since 1999 (albeit in slightly different configurations over the years), with each ward being represented by three (3) ward councillors. As such, the existing ward structure should be known to the local community; and provides a level of ward representation which has long been accepted by the local community.

    The level of representation in the wards is consistent; and the elector ratios within each of the wards lay well within the specified quota tolerance limits (refer section 7.3 Quota of the Options Paper). On the downside, the existing ward boundaries divide the suburbs (perceived communities of interest) of Glenelg, Glenelg East, Somerton Park and Brighton.

    Notwithstanding the above, the retention of this ward structure may not be prudent or possible at this time, given the provisions of the Local Government Act 1999, which require councils constituted of more than twelve (12) members to examine the question of whether the number of elected members should be reduced; and the intent of the Statutes Amendment (Local Government Review) Bill 2020 (i.e. to cap the number of elected members, including the principal member, at twelve (12)). Should the current ward structure be retained, and the Bill is passed, Council will likely be required to undertake another Elector Representation Review prior to the scheduled Local Government election in 2026.

    It should be noted that this ward structure can also accommodate eight (8) Councillors (i.e. two (2) Councillors per ward).

  • Option 2 - Five wards, ten councillors

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    The division of the council area into five (5) wards, with each of the proposed wards being represented by two (2) councillors.

    Proposed Ward 1 incorporates the suburb of Glenelg North; and part of the suburb of Glenelg (north of High Street).

    Proposed Ward 2 incorporates the suburbs of Glenelg East and Glenelg South; and part of the suburbs of Glenelg (south of High Street).

    Proposed Ward 3 incorporates the suburb of Somerton Park; and part of the suburb of North Brighton (north of Cecelia Street).

    Proposed Ward 4 incorporates the suburb of Hove; and part of the suburbs of Brighton (north of Sturt Road, Old Beach Road and Beach Road) and North Brighton (south of Repton Road).

    Proposed Ward 5 incorporates the suburbs of South Brighton, Seacliff, Seacliff Park and Kingston Park; and part of the suburb of Brighton (south of Sturt Road, Old Beach Road and Beach Road).

    Comments

    This proposed ward structure is slightly awkward in its configuration, but provides consistency in the level of ward representation (two (2) councillors) in each ward. In addition, it exhibits a relatively equitable distribution of electors between wards; complies comfortably with the specified quota tolerance limits; and, where possible, aligns proposed ward boundaries with long-established suburb boundaries, resulting in eight of the twelve suburbs being maintained in their entirety within a proposed ward.

    Given the distribution of elector numbers between the proposed wards, each of the proposed wards should be capable of sustaining significant future fluctuations in elector numbers.

    For example, under the worst case scenario whereby all future elector growth occurs in only one ward, each of the proposed wards could accommodate a minimum of 500 additional electors (before breaching the specified quota tolerance limits). As it is likely that the anticipated future population growth will occur across the whole of the Council area, this proposed ward structure should comfortably sustain any fluctuations in elector numbers until 2028/2029 (i.e. the next scheduled Elector Representation Review).

  • Option 3 - Three wards, nine councillors

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    The division of the Council area into three (3) wards, with each of the proposed wards being represented by three (3) councillors.

    • Proposed Ward 1 incorporates the suburbs of Glenelg North, Glenelg and Glenelg East.
    • Proposed Ward 2 incorporates the suburbs of Glenelg South, Somerton Park and North Brighton; and part of the suburb of Hove (south of Holder Road).

    Proposed Ward 3 incorporates the suburbs of Brighton, South Brighton, Seacliff, Seacliff Park and Kingston Park; and part of the suburb of Hove (south of Cecelia Street).


    Comments

    A simple three (3) ward structure which exhibits the same level of representation in each of the proposed ward (three (3) ward Councillors); an equitable distribution of electors between the proposed wards; similarly sized wards; ward elector ratios which lay comfortably within the specified quota tolerance limits; and proposed ward boundaries which in the main align with existing suburb boundaries.

    In addition, the proposed ward structure should be capable of sustaining considerable fluctuations in elector numbers because of the higher level of ward representation. For example, under the extraordinary circumstances whereby all future elector growth occurs only in proposed Ward 1, the proposed ward can accommodate an additional 900 electors (before breaching the specified quota tolerance limits). Under similar circumstances proposed Wards 2 and 3 could sustain approximately 2,000 and 1,500 additional electors respectively.

    With three (3) councillors representing each of the proposed wards, there is the potential for the ward councillors to work together (albeit informally) in a greater number to address the local ward issues.

  • Option 4 - Four wards, eight councillors

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    The division of the Council area into four (4) wards, with each of the proposed wards being represented by two (2) councillors.

    Proposed Ward 1 incorporates the suburb of Glenelg North; and part of the suburbs of Glenelg (north of Jetty Road) and Glenelg East (north of the tram line).

    Proposed Ward 2 incorporates the suburb of Glenelg South; and part of the suburbs of Glenelg (south of Jetty Road) , Glenelg East (south of the tram line) and Somerton Park (north of Whyte Street and Chopin Road).

    Proposed Ward 3 incorporates the suburbs of North Brighton and Hove; and part of the suburbs of Somerton Park (south of Whyte Street and Chopin Road) and Brighton (north of Old Beach Road and Beach Road).

    Proposed Ward 4 incorporates the suburbs of South Brighton, Seacliff, Seacliff Park and Kingston Park; and part of the suburb of Brighton (north of Sturt Road).

    Comments

    This proposed ward structure is a minor variation of the current ward structure. As such, it should be familiar to the community.

    The proposed structure exhibits the same level of representation in each ward; an equitable distribution of electors between the proposed wards; ward elector ratios which lay well within the specified quota tolerance limits; and ward boundaries which generally align with suburb boundaries.

    Like the existing ward structure (Option 1), this proposed structure can accommodate significant future fluctuations in elector numbers, ranging from approximately 700 to 1,200 per ward (under the aforementioned worst case scenario).


  • Option 5 - No wards

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    No wards (i.e. the abolition of wards resulting in council-wide or “at large” elections).

    Comments

    The "no wards" structure can accommodate any number of "area councillors” (i.e. councillors elected to represent the whole Council area), as determined appropriate by Council. Further, the "no wards" structure automatically absorbs any fluctuations in elector numbers and there is no requirement for compliance with the specified quota tolerance limits which are applicable to wards.

    The arguments for and against the “no ward” option have been previously presented (refer 6.1 Wards/No Wards in the Option Paper).

    Primarily, the abolition of wards will:

    • overcome the division of the local community into wards based solely on the distribution of elector numbers;
    • prevent ward-centric attitudes; and
    • enable the electors within the community to vote for all members of Council, with the most favoured candidates being elected to represent (and act in the best interests of) the whole of the Council area, despite the geographical location of their place of residence.