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Review of Representation

In November 2013, the Electoral Commission of South Australia certified Council’s Review of Representation.

While the status quo will prevail for the next election, Council and the community at large considered a number of issues as a part of this Review which included:

  • Should the principal member be elected by the community or by athe Council itself?
  • Should there be area councillors?
  • Mitcham has more than 12 councillors (there are 13 councillors).  Should this number be reduced?
  • Should the Council area be divided into wards, and if so, how many?

Council gave serious consideration to reducing the number of councillors and reducing the number of wards.  In the end, taking all community comment into consideration, Council’s preferred position was to maintain the existing composition and structure.  The reasons for such a decision were: 

  • the election of the Mayor by the community is a well accepted practice
  • the existing six wards are regarded as best meeting the needs of the community with regard to representation, meeting local needs and providing clear lines of communication between the community and Council via the ward councillors
  • compared with other like councils, Mitcham’s representation ratio is very favourable
  • thirteen councillors are required to provide adequate representation to a relatively diverse community, spread over a relatively large area
  • there needs to be sufficient elected members to manage the affairs of Council, while avoiding excessive workloads
  • the existing ward boundaries still provide for all quotas to be within the tolerance level
  • neither the community nor Council deemed there to be a case for including area councillors

Electors will therefore be faced with no changes for the Council elections in November 2014.

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