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Local Government Board reviews of councillor numbers

For more information about the review please refer to the Review of Councillor Numbers Background Paper and the Terms of Reference

2012 Local Government Board review of councillor numbers

The Minister for Local Government, provided councils with the opportunity to make submissions on the Local Government Board Report - Review of Councillor Numbers 2012 and after considering all submissions, in late October 2012, the Minister accepted all recommendations of the Board.

The Board recommended reductions in the number of councillors elected to six of the seven councils that were included in the review as follows:

  • a reduction from 12 councillors to 9 for the Central Coast and Devonport City Councils;
  • a reduction from 9 councillors to 8 for the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council;
  • a reduction from 12 councillors  to 10 for the Glenorchy City and Kingborough Councils; and
  • a reduction from 9 councillors to 7 for the Tasman Council.

The Board recommended no change in the number of councillors elected to the Break O'Day Council.

The Governor approved the Local Government (Casual Vacancies) Order 2013 and the Local Government (Number of Councillors) Order 2013. The purpose of these Orders is to reduce the number of councillors elected to the Central Coast, Devonport City, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy City, Kingborough and Tasman Councils. Casual vacancies, if they arose, were not be filled until the desired reduction was achieved. The full reduction of councillor numbers occurred at the local government elections in October 2014. 

2013 Local Government Board review of councillor numbers

The Minister for Local Government requested that the Board undertake a second review of councillor numbers in 2013. The Brighton, Derwent Valley, Dorset, Launceston City and Southern Midlands Councils participated in the review.

The Minister for Local Government, provided councils with the opportunity to make submissions on the Local Government Board Report - Review of Councillor Numbers 2013 and after considering all submissions, in January 2014, the Minister accepted all recommendations of the Board.

The Board recommended no change in the number of councilors elected to the Brighton, Dorset and Launceston City Councils with reductions in councillor numbers for the other three councils that participated in the review as follows:

  • a reduction from 9 councillors to 8 for the Derwent Valley Council;
  • a reduction from 9 councillors to 7 for the Southern Midlands Council; and
  • a reduction from 10 councillors to 8 for the Waratah-Wynyard Council.

The Governor approved the Local Government (Casual Vacancies) Order 2014 and the Local Government (Number of Councillors) Order 2014. The purpose of these Orders is to reduce the number of councillors elected to the councils.  Casual vacancies, if they arose, were not be filled until the desired reduction was achieved. The full reduction of councillor numbers occurred at the local government elections in October 2014. 

Please direct any enquiries regarding the reviews to the Local Government Division either by telephone on (03) 6232 7022 or by email to lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au