The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is reviewing the electoral structure of Hepburn Shire Council and is seeking your input.

By law, every Victorian council must have its electoral structure reviewed approximately every 12 years to ensure it provides fair and equitable representation for all voters.

This review is called an electoral representation review and considers:

  • whether the local council has the appropriate number of councillors
  • whether the local council should be subdivided into wards or be unsubdivided and
  • if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.

You are invited to take part in the review by making a submission to the VEC. Public input is a vital part of the review process, providing valuable local perspectives and knowledge. The VEC has prepared a submission guide (available as a PDF or a .doc).

The VEC will also be hosting public information sessions for anyone interested in finding out more about the review.

The key dates for the review are below:

Preliminary submissions openWednesday 30 October 2019
Public information sessions5.30 pm Monday 28 October 2019 at the Doug Lindsay Reserve Pavillion, Victoria Street, Creswick

7.30 pm Monday 28 October 2019 at the Victoria Park Pavillion, Corner of Burral and Ballan-Daylesford Road, Daylesford

Deadline for preliminary submissions5.00 pm Wednesday 27 November 2019
Release of preliminary reportWednesday 29 January 2020
Deadline for response submissions5.00 pm Wednesday 26 February 2020
Public hearing*5.30 pm Tuesday 3 March 2020
Release of final reportWednesday 25 March 2020

*A public hearing is scheduled for those who have requested to speak in support of their response submission. If there are no requests to speak, the hearing will not be held.

To find out more about the review process and how you can have your say, visit the Hepburn Shire Council review page on the VEC website.

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