VEC Review of City of Melbourne Wards and Councillor numbers

Bill Council reform, Events, Planning, Social issues

The electoral representation review (ERR) of Melbourne City Council will commence on Monday, 24 October.

The review will consider the appropriate number of the councillors for the municipality and whether the City should be divided into wards.

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Please read the attached document which gives you some background about this review, including:

  • What will the Melbourne City Council Review cover.
  • What is the electoral representation review process for Melbourne City Council.
  • How to make a submission to the Melbourne City Council.

Representation Review?

We would like to canvass member’s views about this review.  If you have any input on any issues that are of concern to you, or comments or questions, please email us.  It is important that membership views are included in any submission that we make.  We will inform you of any
process that we may adopt to formulate a submission.  This will no doubt involve our monthly meeting on he 15th November.  Please note that submissions need to be made to the VEC by the 24th November 2011.

We encourage members to consider the issues that we have had with the Council over a number of years, particularly over planning, with issues such as Woolworths, Latrobe Close, Zagame, Structure Plans, Royal Children’s Hospital and the loss of parkland, its priority for heritage with issues such as  the demolition of the grandstand at the North Melbourne Recreation Reserve, to mention a few.  We also need to consider social issues such as the reduction in funding to The Centre in Errol Street, North Melbourne and the North and West Melbourne News.  Questions like whether our views and interests been adequately represented on Council need to be asked. How does the Council need to be reformed to improve the quality of decision making in this City and to make the Council more accountable to its electors and not the top end of town?