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MEDIA RELEASE - VEC seeks input on representation review

17 January 2019

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is reviewing the electoral structure of Glenelg Shire Council and is seeking community input.

By law, every Victorian council must have its electoral structure reviewed approximately every 12 years to ensure it provides fair and equitable representation for all voters.

This review is called an electoral representation review and considers factors such as:
• whether the local council has the appropriate number of councillors
• whether the local council should be subdivided into wards or be unsubdivided and
• if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.

The VEC also looks at the council’s demographics, growth potential and the structure in similar local councils.

The VEC is encouraging all individuals and groups in Glenelg to have their say. Community members can take part in the review by making a submission to the VEC, or by attending one of the upcoming public information sessions held in Casterton, Heywood or Portland.

• 7pm Wednesday 23 January
Casterton Customer Service Centre
67 Henty Street

• 7pm Wednesday 23 January
Heywood Customer Service Centre
77 Edgar Street, Heywood

• 7pm Thursday 24 January
Portland Customer Service Centre
71 Cliff Street, Portland

Preliminary submissions on the review will close on 5pm on Wednesday 20 February 2019, with a preliminary report due to be released in late March.

To find out more on the representation review please visit the VEC website or call the VEC on 131 832.

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