Council encourages residents to have their say on electoral structure: Issued 22 February 2012
MEDIA RELEASE: 22 February 2012
The City of Casey is inviting residents to provide feedback on the Victorian Electoral Commission’s (VEC) preliminary report for the Casey electoral representation review, including four options for the electoral structure of Casey.
City of Casey Mayor, Cr Sam Aziz said ‘the VEC is currently undertaking an electoral representation review for the City of Casey which considers the appropriate number of Councillors for the municipality and whether it should be divided into wards, the number of wards and Councillors, and ward boundaries.
‘Council is encouraging residents to review the four electoral structure options recommended by the VEC and to make a formal submission to the VEC by 1 March 2012.
‘Residents are also invited to email their local Councillor/s to advise of their preferred electoral structure option.’
At its meeting on 21 February 2012, Council resolved to advise the VEC that it preferred an option (VEC option A) which provides for an additional Councillor, and four wards each represented by three Councillors.
The Mayor, Cr Sam Aziz has called a Special Council Meeting on 29 February 2012 to further discuss the matter and finalise Council’s position.
Residents can view the preliminary report and four electoral structure options on the VEC website www.vec.vic.gov.au or by calling the VEC on 131 832.
All submissions must be made in writing to the VEC and be received by 5.00 pm on Thursday 1 March 2012.
Submissions should be mailed to: Victorian Electoral Commission, Level 11, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000.
The VEC will release its final report containing its recommendation to the Minister for Local Government on Wednesday 28 March 2012.