Review finds too many voters in two Redland City Council divisions

CHANGES TO COME: Current Redland City Council boundaries shown on a map on the Electoral Commission of Queensland website. Changes are expected to division 3 and 6.

CHANGES TO COME: Current Redland City Council boundaries shown on a map on the Electoral Commission of Queensland website. Changes are expected to division 3 and 6.

THE state government has called for submissions on changes to council's divisional boundaries likely to affect suburbs like Thornlands and Mount Cotton.

Queensland's electoral commissioner has made the call for suggestions after finding the number of enrolled voters was too high in two divisions.

Local government law requires each council division to have about the same number of voters to ensure each person's vote has the same value.

A review found the average enrollment per division in Redlands was 10,841 voters.

However, division 3 had 12,098 voters and division 6 12,371.

Division 3 covers Thornlands and Cleveland South and is held by Cr Paul Golle, while division 6, held by Cr Julie Talty, covers Mount Cotton, Sheldon, Thornlands, Victoria Point and Redland Bay.

Cr Talty said during a council discussion on the change in February that the boundary of her electorate had changed before the past three local government elections due to growth in the area.

She expected it to change in 2020 and 2024.

The deadline for submissions - to be reviewed by the Local Government Change Commission - is 5pm on May 20.

Meanwhile Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said a request by Redland City Council for the 2020 local government election to be run by postal ballot would be considered.

Councillors agreed in February to make the request on the basis that the council area included a large rural sector and extensive islands areas.

For information and an online submission form, visit ecq.qld.gov.au/electoral-boundaries/lg-reviews/DBRs/2019-DBRs/redland or phone 1300 881 665.

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