In 2006, the State Government allowed the delay of the Adelaide City Council Election, so that an appropriate electoral model could be determined and implemented. As a result, the City Council voters will go to the polls one year later.
The Property Council has welcomed the opportunity to release its reform agenda on the makeup of the Adelaide City Council. We believe a new and innovative mode is needed for representation in the City. This must be based on a fair and equitable approach for all rate-payers.
It must be recognised that the City has different characteristics from other metropolitan councils. It is South Australia’s economic and social heartland and therefore deserves a council to reflect this difference.
The Property Council advocates that the election of the City Council should maintain the current area model, but is calling for Councillors to be elected through two separate sector wards based on the ratepayer’s status as either a resident or business operator.