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Posted on: 1 June, 2015

Internal divisional boundaries submission

Whitsunday Regional Council last week resolved to recommend to the Local Government Change Commission that new divisional boundaries are instated within the local government as a result of continual growth in Division 2.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council received correspondence from the Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad MP, advising that she has referred the matter to the Local Government Change
Commissioner for an independent assessment.

“The guidelines clearly state that divisional proposals must cater for growth to ensure they are in
quota at the election and past the next information date of February 2019; as a result simple
boundary realignment between Divisions 2 and 3 is not possible,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The continual growth projected for Divisions 1 and 2 will see a further contraction of divisional
boundaries in the South East and expansion of boundaries in the North West,” she said.

“The only solution to alleviate this in the future is the implementation of an undivided Council
however this was not the preferred option amongst Councillors in previous discussions,” she said.

“The resolution of Council has been formed after 3 briefings to Council and correspondence to all Councillors on the 20th of April detailing Council’s proposed changes, only one Councillor raised objections to the Chief Executive Officer in relation to the proposal since its release to Councillors over 1 month ago,”

“During the briefings, formation and since the provision of the proposed changes no viable
alternative has been provided that fits within the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ)
guidelines.”

Mayor Jenny Whitney also said it is important to note that the Change Commission will make the
decision in relation to Council’s divisional boundaries, not Council.

The Whitsunday community should note the following in relation to the divisional boundary review process:

• Any member of the community can make a submission to the change commission which
closes on Friday 5 June
• All submissions are made public
• The Change Commission will make their proposal public
• The Change Commission will call for objections
• There will be a final proposal and a report provided to the Minister
• The boundaries will then be implemented and come into effect at the next quadrennial
elections
• Decisions taken by the change commission are not subject to appeal

Several studies have been undertaken into the population growth of the Whitsunday region, the
Norling Report 2013 is the most recent, most reliable and most informative. The population
assumptions within the submission and this report have been used to provide 3rd party analysis for the Council submission in addition to current and projected statistical data sets provided by ECQ.

The key elements of the Council submission in the formation of divisions, resolved upon by the
majority of Council are as follows:

• Areas of common interest
• Contiguous alignment
• Councillor serviceability
• Current population
• Future population growth
• Longevity

Furthermore Council has followed the guidelines as set by ECQ in forming the proposed divisions for the longer term.

Attached is Council’s Submission to ECQ, including current and proposed boundaries.

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