Caloundra City Council has appointed an independent facilitator to undertake extensive community consultation for a review of the number of councillors and the number of divisions in the City.
Mayor Don Aldous said community engagement, including a series of public consultation workshops and a public survey, would be the key to establishing 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.
"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."
Through the independent facilitator, Council is taking this opportunity to encourage residents to have their say on the following options:
• continuing with the current situation of single member divisions;
• changing to multi-member divisions, or;
• having no divisions at all.
Residents will also be encouraged to have their say on:
• continuing with the current situation of a Mayor and 10 Councillors or;
• increasing or reducing the number of Councillors.
From Monday (January 15) a full discussion paper on these issues will be available from Council's website, Caloundra City Libraries and Council's Customer Service Centre.
From Monday, 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 post, to a library or the Customer Service Centre.
The facilitator will also be hosting four public consultation workshops throughout the City to gain community feedback:
• Beerwah Community Hall, Monday 22 January 2007, 5pm - 9pm
• 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
Further information can be obtained, from Monday, by contacting Council's Customer Service Centre on 5420 8200.