Northern Grampians Shire Council electoral structure review

An electoral representation advisory panel is reviewing the electoral structure of Northern Grampians Shire Council and is seeking your input.

The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) introduced several changes, including to the electoral structures local councils must have. Throughout 2023–24, 39 Victorian local councils will undergo electoral structure or ward boundary reviews to ensure they comply with the Act.

Northern Grampians Shire Council will be reviewed by an independent electoral representation advisory panel, with administrative and technical support from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). The panel will consider if the council:

  • has an appropriate number of councillors
  • should be one large unsubdivided area, or
  • should be subdivided into wards.

Public information sessions about the review will be held on 12 noon on Monday 23 January and 6 pm on Tuesday 24 January 2023. Visit the VEC website at vec.vic.gov.au/electoral-boundaries/council-reviews/electoral-structure-reviews/northern-grampians and click the link to attend the live online event.

Your input is valuable. As a local, you know your council area better than anyone. This is your chance to let the panels know your thoughts about what electoral structure would best support representation in your community. This is known as a submission.

Submissions for the Northern Grampians Shire Council review open on Wednesday 25 January 2023 and close on Wednesday 15 February 2023. A submission guide and fact sheet are available on the VEC website.

The panel will consider the submissions and the requirements of the law to propose options for the council’s structure in a preliminary report. You will also be able to share your views on this report.

The panel will then make a final recommendation to the Minister for Local Government. If the Minister accepts this, the structure for Northern Grampians Shire Council will apply at the October 2024 local council elections.

The key dates for the review are below:

Public information sessions (online)

Monday 23 January 2023, 12pm

Tuesday 24 January 2023, 6pm

Preliminary submissions open

Wednesday 25 January 2023 

Deadline for preliminary submissions

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 5pm

Release of preliminary report

Wednesday 15 March 2023

Deadline for response submissions

Wednesday 5 April 2023, 5pm

Public hearing*

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Release of final report

Wednesday 10 May 2023

*A public hearing is scheduled for those who have requested to speak in support of their response submission. If there are no requests to speak, the hearing will not be held.

 

To find out more about the review process and how you can have your say, visit the Northern Grampians Shire Council review page on the VEC website at vec.vic.gov.au/electoral-boundaries/council-reviews/electoral-structure-reviews/northern-grampians

 

 

 

Key dates

The key dates for the review are below:

Public information sessions (online)

Monday 23 January 2023, 12pm

Tuesday 24 January 2023, 6pm

Preliminary submissions open

Wednesday 25 January 2023 

Deadline for preliminary submissions

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 5pm

Release of preliminary report

Wednesday 15 March 2023

Deadline for response submissions

Wednesday 5 April 2023, 5pm

Public hearing*

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Release of final report

Wednesday 10 May 2023

*A public hearing is scheduled for those who have requested to speak in support of their response submission. If there are no requests to speak, the hearing will not be held.