The Central Coast Local Government area is currently divided into five wards with 15 councillors. Each ward is represented by three councillors.
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.
If you support a reduction in the number of Councillors from 15 to 9, there also must be:
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.
Maintain existing: 5 wards + 15 Councillors
3 wards + 9 Councillors
1 region + 9 Councillors
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.