Citizens' Jury will be asked to consider how the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors are elected, the number of councillors
required and how the representative structure may look. The
municipality could be structured as one ward or divided into multiple wards. The wards could be multi-member or single member.
The State Government has engaged an
independent company, New Democracy Foundation, to establish the Citizens’
Jury of 100 people, from around Geelong. This is a new form of deliberative
democracy that brings together representative, random samples of citizens to
discuss possible approaches and solutions.
More about the announcement from the State Government.
Alexander - Administrator, City of Greater Geelong
"I am strongly in favour of the citizens’ jury announced by
"I've seen the success of the
concept first-hand when I was with the City of Melbourne and believe the
system would provide deeply informed participation in complex electoral
"This is an opportunity to hear the opinions from
everyday people in all areas of the community, over and above the regular lobby
"It also provides an opportunity for community
members to learn about democratic and electoral models and their impacts on
"Geelong contains an incredibly loyal and proud
community, committed to seeing our city and municipality flourish. This
is a valuable asset to tap into."