Reduction in number of Local Government Councillors Fri 26 October 2012 Bryan Green Deputy Premier The number of councillors on six Tasmanian councils will be reduced following the Local Government Board's Review of Councillor Numbers. The Minister for Local Government Bryan Green said today he had accepted the Board's recommendations which will result in fewer councillors elected to the Central Coast, Devonport City, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy City, Kingborough and Tasman Councils. "Of the seven councils who volunteered to participate in this review, six will see a reduced number of councillors phased in over the next two council elections, scheduled for October 2013 and October 2015," said Mr Green. "I will also be recommending that the Governor make orders that casual vacancies not be filled until the desired reduction is achieved. "The Board considered the potential impact of any change of councillor numbers on representation of the community, the ability of the council to make decisions, any financial impacts, the ability of the council to deliver services, electoral arrangements and statewide consistency. "During the review, the Board has also developed a consistent and transparent framework for the future determination of councillor numbers that can be applied across the state." The review began in November 2011 with the Board finalising its recommendations in July followed by further consultation with councils and their communities. The Board recommended no change in the number of councillors elected to the Break O'Day Council which also took part in the review. The reduction in councillor numbers will be as follows: Council Current number of councillors New number of councillors Current population per councillor New population per councillor Councillors to be elected in 2013 Councillors to be elected in 2015 Central Coast 12 9 1 812 2 416 5 4 Devonport City 12 9 2 129 2 839 5 4 Glamorgan-Spring Bay 9 8 501 563 4 4 Glenorchy City 12 10 3 726 4 472 5 5 Kingborough 12 10 2 848 3 417 5 5 Tasman 9 7 268 345 3 4 Further information on the Board and its Review is available at www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/lgd/local_government_board.