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EG Shire Structure Review

EG Shire Structure Review

Photo by Bryce Riches: Lakes Entrance footbridge and surf life saving club.

Structure of East Gipps Shire to be reviewed

For the first time since 2007 the East Gippsland community has an opportunity to have its say on the structure of East Gippsland Shire Council when a review begins next Wednesday.

The review, undertaken by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), is known as an electoral representation review and will examine East Gippsland Shire Council’s electoral structure, including:

the number of councillors
whether the council should be subdivided into wards
if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries, and the number of councillors per ward.

The review will not consider a council’s external boundaries or whether it should be combined with another council (or separated).

Reviews are generally required at least every 12 years and, according to Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately AM, are an important way of ensuring all voters are represented in a fair and equitable way.

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‘The opportunity to have your say doesn’t come around too often, so it’s important to have a broad range of community members contributing to the shape of their local democracy,’ Mr Gately said.

‘If you are interested in the future electoral structure of your local area, I encourage you to get involved. Public submissions are a vital part of the review process, providing valuable local knowledge and perspectives.’

People interested in finding out more about the review are encouraged to attend a public information session. The sessions will be held at:

7.00 pm Wednesday 13 February in the Council Chambers, Bairnsdale Corporate Centre, 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale
7.00 pm Thursday 14 February at the Orbost Service Centre, 1 Ruskin Street, Orbost.

A submission guide outlines the review process and provides important background information and key dates. The guide will be available at vec.vic.gov.au from early next week.

The VEC will release its preliminary report with proposed options for the council’s electoral structure on Wednesday 10 April.

Any changes to the electoral structure of East Gippsland Shire Council will apply at the next general election in 2020.

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