Updated ward boundaries

A new Ward Boundary Plan(PDF, 9MB) was endorsed by Council on Monday 25 September 2023. The updated wards will come into place for the September 2024 local government elections.

Why did Council change the city's ward boundaries? 

The NSW Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) requires councils to review ward boundaries to ensure that the difference in the number of electors across each ward does not exceed 10 per cent.

An August 2022 review of NSW Electoral Commission data identified a need for Lake Macquarie City Council to alter our ward boundaries to rectify a 11.28 per cent variance. The latest available data indicates this variance has grown to 13.49 percent.

Under the Act, any alterations to ward boundaries must be finalised 10 months before the closing date for the next ordinary election (September 2024).

The new wards shown below, bring our three wards – East, North and West – back within 10 per cent or less variance.

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Was the community consulted on the change to the ward boundaries? 

In 2023, ahead of the decision in September, we ran extensive community consultation to allow residents the opportunity to submit feedback on the proposal. You can view our Shape Lake Mac project page to find out more.