Benalla Rural City Council Electoral Representation Review

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is reviewing the electoral structure of Benalla Rural City Council and is seeking your input.

By law, every Victorian council must have its electoral structure reviewed approximately every 12 years to ensure it provides fair and equitable representation for all voters.

This review is called an electoral representation review and considers:

  • whether the local council has the appropriate number of councillors
  • whether the local council should be subdivided into wards or be unsubdivided and
  • if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.

You are invited to take part in the review by making a submission to the VEC. Public input is a vital part of the review process, providing valuable local perspectives and knowledge. The VEC has prepared a submission guide to help in preparing submissions.

The VEC will also be hosting a public information session for anyone interested in finding out more about the review.

The key dates for the review are below:

Preliminary submissions open

Wednesday 6 February

Public information sessions

6.00 pm Tuesday 5 February at Community Care Centre, Coster Street, Benalla

Deadline for preliminary submissions

5.00 pm Wednesday 6 March

Release of preliminary report

Wednesday 3 April

Deadline for response submissions

5.00 pm Wednesday 1 May

Public hearing*

6.00 pm Tuesday 7 May

Release of final report

Wednesday 29 May

*A public hearing is scheduled for those who have requested to speak in support of their response submission. If there are no requests to speak, the hearing will not be held.

To find out more about the review process and how you can have your say, visit the Benalla Rural City Council review page on the VEC website.