Shire of Dandaragan ward boundary review: fair community representation

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This report was commissioned to investigate ward boundary changes in the Shire of Dandaragan for the purposes of fair representation across the four communities of Badgingarra, Cervantes, Dandaragan and Jurien Bay. The primary concern for Shire residents is the less populated communities of Badgingarra, Dandaragan and Cervantes will have increasingly less representation as the population in Jurien Bay grows. Following this, the Shire Council proposed a review of the current no wards situation and the consideration of reverting back to a four wards system. This report provides recommendations on this based on an analysis of six ward boundary scenarios – the five submitted to council and the current no ward system. This analysis was informed by the five factors for consideration set out by the Department of Local Government and Communities in Schedule 2.2 of the Local Government Act 1995. It was achieved through a statistical analysis of the region in the context of each boundary scenario as well as interviews with key Shire of Dandaragan community and government stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPerth, WA
PublisherThe University of Western Australia
Commissioning bodyShire of Dandaragan
Number of pages60
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


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