Boundary realignment gets the go-ahead
A REALIGNMENT of Bundaberg Regional Council's divisional boundaries has been approved by the Local Government Change Commission of Queensland to balance out voter numbers across the 10 divisions.
The changes were made in accordance with the Local Government Act 2009 which required all 10 divisions in the Bundaberg Regional Council to have the same number of voters, plus or minus 10%.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the changes were required and the counicl's submission was in line with the commission's ruling.
"I think it's a good way forward," he said.
"We had to make some changes to get the numbers to balance.
"It had to be done, we had input into it and the commission took notice of our input so we're happy to go with it for the next election."
Cr Forman said Divisions 4 and 5 required the biggest changes but in doing so it caused a flow on effect to some of the other divisions.
On 23 February 2015 Bundaberg Regional Council had 64,228 voters on the electoral roll, making the average enrolment across all divisions 6423.
Under the quota that allowed a minimum of 5781 and an upper limit of 7065 per division.
The review identified that the number of voters within Division 5 had escalated to 7391 which was 15.07% above the average quota whilst Division 4 had fallen to 5,469, 14.99% below the average.
To bring Division 5 back within quota the communities of Coral Cove and Innes Park will now form part of Division 6 which in turn required other divisions towards the city to be systematically adjusted to absorb the changes and to meet their quota.
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