Public displays a good way to have your say
The first of four public display to give the community an opportunity to have their say on Caloundra City Council's review of the number of councillors and divisions in the City, kicked off last night In Beerwah.
Mayor Don Aldous said the community engagement program, including the public consultation workshops and a survey, would provide a valuable insight into community opinion on the size and composition of the elected Council for the 2008 Quadrennial Local Government Elections.
"Caloundra City has 10 electoral divisions and each one must have a similar number of electors, give or take a10% tolerance,'' Cr Aldous said.
"Currently, five divisions don't meet that requirement. As the March 2008 elections draw nearer, Council must advise the Local Government Minister of that situation.
"Council may also suggest new boundaries that accommodate a more equal distribution of electors across divisions.
"This is an excellent opportunity for residents to give feedback on the structure they believe will best represent them in governing our City.
"Without your input, Council will still make a recommendation but it may or may not reflect the opinions of the majority of the community - so make the effort to tell us what your preferred option is now while you can still have an impact on the City's future."
A full discussion paper on the options and the issues is available from Council's website, Caloundra City Libraries and Council's Customer Service Centre.
Your feedback can be recorded either by logging on to Council's website: www.caloundra.qld.gov.au
and completing the on-line survey by close of business Monday, February 5, or collecting a survey from any library or the Customer Service Centre and returning the completed survey to Council by free post.
The program, which is being conducted by an independent facilitator also includes public displays where you can discuss the issue.
The next displays will be held at:
• Maleny Showgrounds Pavilion, Wednesday 24 January 2007, 5pm - 9pm
• Lake Kawana Community Centre, Wednesday 31 January 2007, 5pm - 9pm
• Caloundra Cultural and Civic Centre, Thursday 1 February 2007, 5pm - 9pm