Ward boundaries will stay the same

A REVIEW of Cumberland’s Ward boundaries has shown the percentage difference in electors doesn’t warrant any changes ahead of next year’s local government elections.

The Local Government Act only requires alteration of boundaries if the difference of electors in each ward is greater than 10 per cent, with Cumberland’s estimates showing only a 4.9 per cent difference between Greystanes – the ward with the most enrolled voters – and Wentworthville – the ward with the least – at the end of June.
That difference does not obligate the council to alter its ward boundaries, either before or after the first year of the next council term.
However a report to last week’s council meeting, noted that estimates of the resident population in each ward do show greater variations, with Regents Park having an estimated 53,740 residents at the highest end compared with Greystanes which has 40,245 residents, a difference of 25.1 per cent.
The deadline for the finalisation of proposed ward boundary and ward name changes for the 2020 Local Government Elections is expected to be early December.