A Constitutional Referendum to determine the future number of Central Coast Councillors will be held at the same time as the local government election for Central Coast Council on 14 September 2024.
The referendum will ask Central Coast voters to determine the following question:
‘Do you favour a reduction in the number of Central Coast Councillors from fifteen to nine? This will result in three Wards with each Ward electing three Councillors.’
The Central Coast Local Government area is currently divided into five wards with 15 councillors. Each ward is represented by three councillors.
Community members will be asked to vote on whether they feel the current structure of 15 Councillors should be reduced to nine Councillors.
The reduction of Councillor numbers would also require the reduction of Wards in the Central Coast Local Government from five to three, with each Ward to be 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.
Maintain existing: 5 wards and 15 Councillors
Reduce to 9 Councillors and 3 Wards
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