Council resolves 'no wards' for City of Victor Harbor
The City of Victor Harbor will continue to operate with no wards, a mayor elected by the community and nine councillors.
At a special council meeting held last night the Council made its final decision relating to its elector representation review. The Council heard verbal submissions from 15 members of the community at a public hearing and considered the submissions report prepared by CL Rowe and Associates.
In the recent consultation for the elector representation review, Victor Harbor residents and ratepayers were asked to indicate their support, or otherwise, for the existing structure and composition to be retained.
Over 700 responses were received throughout the consultation period, a record for representation review consultations for councils across the State according Craig Rowe from CL Rowe and Associates.
“We had an overwhelming response to the second round of consultation for the elector representation review. I thank all of those who took the time to share their views with Council,” said City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp.
“The responses were evenly split amongst both sides of the debate, and the Council felt that again there was not a strong enough call for change from our community.”
“What did come through strongly from the submissions is that our community want more accountability and better communication with their Councillors.”
“Elected Members welcome contact from community members. If you have an issue or an idea, please don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and talk to your members.”
Contact details for councillors are available from the Council Office (1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor) or online.
Documentation relating to the elector representation review will now be prepared and presented to the Electoral Commissioner for certification to complete the review process.
All councils are required to review their elector representation periodically. This generally occurs every eight years.