Gannawarra Shire Council electoral structure review

Initial submissions are accepted up to 5pm Wednesday, 15 February 2023.

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An electoral representation advisory panel is reviewing the electoral structure of Gannawarra 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.

Gannawarra 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. 

You can learn more about the electoral structure review by clicking here.

How to have your say

Submissions for the Gannawarra Shire Council review open on Wednesday, 25 January and close on Wednesday, 15 February.

To learn more regarding how you can have your say, please click here.

Future steps

The panel will consider the submissions and the requirements of the law to propose options for the council’s structure in a preliminary report, which is scheduled for release on Wednesday, 15 March. You will also be able to share your views on this report up to Wednesday, 5 April.

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