Electoral Representation Review

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Every four years Council reviews the way it represents the community. Council considers key issues such as population changes and nation wide trends to decide on a structure that will provide the best community representation. In reviewing the representational structure Council has decided to keep most aspects the same, with some minor changes to ward boundaries.

The proposed representational structure for City of Darwin remains;

  • Council name: City of Darwin
  • Number of elected members: twelve plus Lord Mayor (ratio of one elected member per 4,177 electors)
  • Title of elected members: Alderman
  • Number of wards: four (with minor boundary changes)
  • Number of elected members per ward: three
  • Ward names: Chan Ward, Lyons Ward, Richardson Ward, Waters Ward

The Consultation Paper provides the full details of the review and Council's decision making;

Electoral Representation Review Consultation Paper

Changes to Ward Boundaries

The only change in Council's proposed structure is to some of the Ward boundaries. The current Ward structure has uneven elector numbers in each Ward, mainly due to recent growth in the suburbs of Lyons and Muirhead. The proposed new Ward boundaries achieve an even balance of electors in each Ward. The map below shows the proposed changes or click to download.

The Ward boundary changes include;

  • Fannie Bay, East Point (part only) and Ludmilla (part only) moved from the current Lyons Ward to the proposed Chan Ward
  • The Narrows and Woolner (part only) moved from the current Waters Ward to the proposed Lyons Ward
  • Moil has been moved from the current Chan Ward to the proposed Waters Ward
  • Wagaman has been moved from the current Richardson Ward to the proposed Waters Ward

The proposed representational structure and ward boundary changes will come into effect after the next Council election in August 2021. Local Council is the level of government closest to the community. You vote for your Elected Members and they are there to represent you. Have your say on how this works.

Every four years Council reviews the way it represents the community. Council considers key issues such as population changes and nation wide trends to decide on a structure that will provide the best community representation. In reviewing the representational structure Council has decided to keep most aspects the same, with some minor changes to ward boundaries.

The proposed representational structure for City of Darwin remains;

  • Council name: City of Darwin
  • Number of elected members: twelve plus Lord Mayor (ratio of one elected member per 4,177 electors)
  • Title of elected members: Alderman
  • Number of wards: four (with minor boundary changes)
  • Number of elected members per ward: three
  • Ward names: Chan Ward, Lyons Ward, Richardson Ward, Waters Ward

The Consultation Paper provides the full details of the review and Council's decision making;

Electoral Representation Review Consultation Paper

Changes to Ward Boundaries

The only change in Council's proposed structure is to some of the Ward boundaries. The current Ward structure has uneven elector numbers in each Ward, mainly due to recent growth in the suburbs of Lyons and Muirhead. The proposed new Ward boundaries achieve an even balance of electors in each Ward. The map below shows the proposed changes or click to download.

The Ward boundary changes include;

  • Fannie Bay, East Point (part only) and Ludmilla (part only) moved from the current Lyons Ward to the proposed Chan Ward
  • The Narrows and Woolner (part only) moved from the current Waters Ward to the proposed Lyons Ward
  • Moil has been moved from the current Chan Ward to the proposed Waters Ward
  • Wagaman has been moved from the current Richardson Ward to the proposed Waters Ward

The proposed representational structure and ward boundary changes will come into effect after the next Council election in August 2021. Local Council is the level of government closest to the community. You vote for your Elected Members and they are there to represent you. Have your say on how this works.