The controversial ward system that marred last September’s Dubbo Regional Council election could be on borrowed time.
Dubbo mayor Ben Shields has written to NSW local government minister Gabrielle Upton in an effort to remove the system, which saw Dubbo broken into four wards, and one for Wellington.
“During the election period, it came to council’s attention that electors experienced significant confusion regarding the process for voting in a ward system and it was subject to a fair degree of criticism,” Cr Shields said.
“While council believes that appropriate representation of all residents in the LGA is important, it also feels that the current ward system imposed at the time of the merger in not appropriate for this Council,”
“I have requested that consideration be given to a process for the creation of two wards, one being the former Wellington Council area, electing two councillors, and the other being the former Dubbo City Council area electing eight councillors.”