HAVE YOUR SAY: THE Local Government Change Commission is calling on South Burnett residents to have their voices heard.
HAVE YOUR SAY: THE Local Government Change Commission is calling on South Burnett residents to have their voices heard. Kevin Farmer

Public to voice ideas on council division changes

THE Local Government Change Commission is calling on South Burnett residents to put forward their suggestions for changes to the divisional boundaries of the South Burnett Regional Council ahead of the election next year.

A local Government divisional review undertaken by the South Burnett Regional Council found Division 4 was six electors short of the quota limit as at January 31 2019.

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said it was likely that the division would be out of quota by the 2020 Local Government elections in a letter to electoral commissioner Pat Vidgen.

For each of South Burnett's six divisions a quota of 3,800 electors is required with a lower limit of 3,420 electors and an upper limit of 4,180 electors.

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt recommended minor divisional boundary changes to bring Division 4 into quota and minor changes to the Divisions 5 and 6 boundaries to bring those divisions closer to the centre of the quota range.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland requires each division to have relatively the same number of voters to ensure each vote has the same value.

Division 5 is the smallest division in the South Burnett with 3521 voters and it was recognised the division had experienced a decrease in population with no major residential developments proposed or in progress that would increase the population of any of the divisions in the future.

Public submissions for written suggestions regarding the divisional boundaries close at 5pm on May 13.

For more information visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland's website.