As well as electing a new Council to serve for the next three years, the 2017 Local Government Election for Cabonne Council will also include a constitutional referendum regarding the reduction in number of Councillors from twelve (12) to nine (9).
What is a constitutional referendum?
The Local Government Act 1993 defines a constitutional referendum as a poll initiated by a council in order to give effect to a matter.
Why are Cabonne voters responding to a constitutional referendum?
Council resolved at its meeting 25 August 2015 to hold a constitutional referendum.
What is the effect of a constitutional referendum?
1. The decision made at a constitutional referendum binds the council until changed by a subsequent constitutional referendum.
2. However, such a decision does not apply to a by-election held after the constitutional referendum and before the next ordinary election.
How long will the 2017-elected Council term be?
A three-year term only. This means it will fall in line with other NSW councils (most went to election in 2016).
If the constitutional referendum question is passed, when will they come into effect?
It would take effect from the Local Government election in September 2020.
If the question is passed, what would change?
The Council would be reduced from 12 Councillors to 9.
The Councillors then choose a Mayor who would make up one of the 9 Councillor positions.
Before 2012 Cabonne Council had 12 councillors and a six-ward structure (of 2 councillors each).
In 2012 the six-ward structure was abolished, however 12 councillors remained and the Mayor was elected by councillors.
How do I vote on the referendum?
When you vote in the ordinary election you will receive additional voting documents for the referendum. Voting in a constitutional referendum is compulsory.
What is the constitutional referendum question?
The following question will be asked:
Do you favour reducing councillor numbers from twelve (12) to nine (9)?
You must vote YES, if you support, or NO if you oppose.
Under Section 224 of the Local Government Act, a Councillor must have a least five and not more than 15 Councillors. Currently Cabonne Council has twelve Councillors (with the Mayor elected from within that number). The Councillors represent approximately 13,386* residents of the Shire.
*Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census QuickStats
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