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Have Your Say on the Electoral Representation Review

Media Release
31 January 2020

The community is being encouraged to have their say as part of an electoral representation review.
City of Darwin is required to undertake an electoral representation review every four years in order to meet Local Government Act requirements. 
The review commenced in July 2019 and is expected to be completed by 30 June, 2020 and has included a series of stakeholder workshops.
A community consultation will be open from today through 21 February, 2020.
One of the key issues for consideration is proposed changes to Ward electoral boundaries for City of Darwin’s four Wards, Chan, Richardson, Waters and Lyons.
Acting Lord Mayor George Lambrinidis said “The increased number of apartments in some suburbs and housing growth in newer suburbs, means boundaries of existing Wards may need to move to ensure fair elector representation.”
“Fair and equitable representation for all rate payers is a key goal of Council and we are investigating whether the recent population growth in some Darwin suburbs is compromising this.”
Other matters being considered as part of the electoral representation review include the naming of proposed Wards, the number of Wards and the number of Elected Members to represent the municipality.
“We are inviting the community to have their say on line or in person,” said Acting Lord Mayor Lambrinidis.
Any changes to City of Darwin’s current electoral representation will come into effect following the next Council election in August 2021.
For more information and to have your say visit the Engage Darwin Electoral Representation Review page

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