Camden growth demands ward boundary shift

Camden Council Ward boundaries. Red indicates suburb boundaries and black the proposed ward boundaries.

Camden Council Ward boundaries. Red indicates suburb boundaries and black the proposed ward boundaries.

Residents are encouraged to provide feedback on Camden Council's review of ward boundaries to help ensure voters are equitably represented in local government elections.

The Camden local government area is divided into three wards — south, central and north.

Under the Local Government Act, if there is a difference of more than 10 per cent in the number of voters between wards, the boundaries must be adjusted to meet the requirements.

Based on NSW Electoral Commission enrolment statistics, there is a 21.65 per cent difference between the ward with the largest number of voters and the smallest.

Mayor Lara Symkowiak said the adjustments resulted from the significant population growth in the Camden area.

"Camden is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW," Cr Symkowiak said.

"Council carefully considered a number of options for the adjustments and the preferred option will now be placed on public exhibition for comment."

The council's preferred option is to move Narellan and part of Spring Farm from the central ward to south ward so both suburbs are within the south ward.

Currans Hill and Smeaton Grange would move from the north ward to the central ward while Narellan Vale would be fully contained in the central ward.

Finally, part of Mount Annan would move from the south to central ward so all of the suburb is within the central ward.

The preferred option would see a maximum variance of 8.8 per cent between the wards.

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