Moreton Bay Regional Council - electoral arrangements review

The Local Government Change Commission (Change Commission) has been asked to assess a proposal to change the classification of the Moreton Bay Regional Council from a regional council to a city council. See the Minister’s referral here.

The Change Commission has consulted the council regarding the review process and timeframes.

Written submissions

The written submission period for the Moreton Bay Regional Council electoral arrangements review closed at 5.00pm on 28 November 2022.

Each submission received will be reviewed and published on the Electoral Commission Queensland website in accordance with the publication guidelines.

What is the Change Commission considering as part of its review?

Public Consultation

The Change Commission is interested in hearing community views on the proposal for change to a city council.

The opportunity to provide written submissions on the proposal to change classification from a regional council to a city has now closed. The submissions will be published on the Electoral Commission of Queensland’s website, subject to publication guidelines.

Each submission received will be reviewed to determine whether it is able to be published. The Change Commission aims to publish all submissions where appropriate to do so. However, it reserves the right to redact content, or not publish submissions at its discretion.

A submission from the Moreton Bay Regional Council has been received and can be found here.

Other considerations

The Change Commission will assess whether a change to the classification of the council is in the public interest by considering

  • matters prescribed under Part 3, Division 2 of the Local Government Act 2009, and
  • the views of the community.

The Change Commission will also consider other matters prescribed under Division 2 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, including the following criteria that must be met for a local government area to be declared a city:

  • the area is the centre of a region providing commercial, industrial, health and public sector services for the region
  • the area has, for the three years immediately prior had a:
    • a population of at least 25,000; and
    • a population of at least 15,000 in its urban centre; and
    • a population density of at least 150 people for each square kilometre of its urban centre.

What happens next?

When the public consultation period has concluded, the Change Commission will consider written submissions and other available information that relates to the review.

The Change Commission will then prepare a final report which will be provided to the Minister responsible for Local Government and published on the ECQ website. The report is expected to be available in April 2023.