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Constitutional Referendum Poll

Council’s administrator Dick Persson AM has committed to consulting with the community. 

Introduction

Constitutional Referendum

Central Coast Council has resolved to hold a Constitutional Referendum for the reduction of Councillors (from 15 to 9) in conjunction with the September 2021 Local Government Elections.
 
In order to settle the proposed question Council’s administrator Dick Persson AM has committed to consulting with the community. The information collected will be used to inform referendum questions which would be delivered at the next Council election with implementation of the results of the referendum to occur at the following Council election in 2024.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Ward Structure

The Central Coast Local Government area is currently divided into five wards with 15 councillors. Each ward is represented by three councillors.

  1. The Entrance Ward
  2. Wyong Ward
  3. Budgewoi Ward
  4. Gosford West Ward
  5. Gosford East Ward
ROLE OF A COUNCILLOR

Councillor’s role and responsibilities

Councillors are the governing body of a council similar to the way that a Board of Directors is the governing body of a private corporation.

 

 

Councillors are expected to represent the views of the whole community (key stakeholders) while making decisions in their interests, demonstrate conduct that the community expects and deserves, and plan and oversee the running of a significant and complex business of Council.

 

One of the most important roles of a councillor is to participate in policy decision-making on behalf of the community. Councillors ideally work as a team to make decisions and policies that guide the activities of the council. Policies can be defined as the principles and intent behind the programs that a council implements.

IMPORTANT

Things to remember

If you support a reduction in the number of Councillors from 15 to 9, there also must be:

 

  • Either a change in the number of Wards because wards must have an equal number of Councillors elected from each ward
  • Or the removal of Wards entirely

 

If the referendum goes ahead, the referendum question will be asked at the next Local Government Election being held on Saturday, 4 September 2021 however the change to the Council structure will not be enacted until the following Council election in 2024.

Status quo

Maintain existing: 5 wards + 15 Councillors

For

  • A larger number of Councillors may mean that electors feel they are adequately represented.

  • A larger number of Councillors may mean there is more diversity on Council with different points of view.

Against

  • A larger number of Councillors may lead to less cohesion and poorer decision making.

  • A larger number of Councillors will be an ongoing cost for Council.
Option1

Reduce the number of wards

3 wards + 9 Councillors

For

  • Reducing the number of Councillors may lead to greater cohesion and improved decision making.

  • Reducing the number of Councillors will provide an ongoing cost saving for Council.

Against

  • Reducing the number of Councillors may mean that electors feel they are not adequately represented.

  • Reducing the number of Councillors may mean there is less diversity on Council with fewer different points of view.
Option2

Remove wards

1 region + 9 Councillors

For

  • Voters can choose from the full field of candidates standing for election.
  • Elected Councillors represent the entire Central Coast area, all residents and ratepayers.
  • Councillors would need to be across all issues affecting the Central Coast and this may result in improved decision making

Against

  • Some geographic areas may not have Councillor representation

  • May increase the workload for Councillors and affect their ability to communicate across the local government area
  • May make it harder for the community to know who to go to regarding local issues
Option3
MORE INFORMATION

Want to know more?

Click here for to view the Constitutional Referendum Frequently Asked Questions or keep scrolling to view the results.

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Poll results

The Constitutional Referendum poll is now closed. The full results of the poll are available HERE.

Following community consultation, it was resolved at the 23 March 2021 Council meeting that a Constitutional Referendum will be undertaken in conjunction with the 2021 Local Government Election in September, which will ask Central Coast residents: Do you favour a reduction in the number of Central Coast Councillors, from fifteen to nine, and the removal of wards? This will result in nine Councillors with all electors voting for all nine Councillors, and all nine Councillors representing the whole Central Coast.