(Posted on: August 8)
How you will be represented in the future?
Every six years Councils are required to review how they represent their communities. Before the end of August this year we must review how we do this and the basis for election.
What Council needs to consider is how to fairly represent the community, this means each councillor representing a similar proportion of the community. Population changes mean that our current boundaries no longer meet the legislative requirements so we need to look at options to ensure fairness.
It is not possible under the rules to simply move the current boundaries, we need to look at communities and follow prescribed population groups (meshblocks) in order to use communities of interest as a method. The alternative is to not have any wards
Council considered five options that could be used to establish a system that ensures everyone in the District is represented fairly. These were; communities of interest, all members elected at large, some members elected at large and some Ward based, no members elected at large (all Ward based), and establishment of community boards (these are different from our Community Committees).
Council decided that there were communities of interest, which were then defined as Feilding and Rural. When looking at how these could be further defined it was not possible to continue with the current Northern and Southern Wards due to the population differences that would have created a more than +/- 10% between the rural wards and Feilding.
When looking at the numbers of Councillors who should represent the District it was determined that having an equal number of Rural and Feilding councillors was the best option.
You can read the full report on the options on pages 21 – 50 of the agenda.
We will be consulting on this from Friday 3 August until Monday 3 September. Find out more on our consultation site