When considering who to vote for in the upcoming council elections, residents of Wollongong and Shellharbour need to know which ward they are enrolled in.
This is because constituents will vote only for the councillor candidates in their ward (as well as mayor).
There will be four councillors elected in each of the three wards of Wollongong.
Wollongong's Ward 1 stretches from the northern suburbs down to Fairy Meadow and Balgownie, both of which are split between Wards 1 and 2.
Ward 1 also encompasses the area west of the escarpment, as far south as Avon.
The city's central suburbs fall within Ward 2, including Wollongong, North Wollongong, West Wollongong, Figtree, Mangerton, Gwynneville, Mount Ousley, Coniston, Cordeaux Heights, Unanderra and Kembla Heights, as well as parts of Fairy Meadow and Balgownie.
Ward 3 covers the city's southern reaches, with Port Kembla, Dapto, Lake Heights, Horsley and Berkeley all within its bounds.
Shellharbour is divided into four wards, with two councillors to be elected from each.
Ward A is to the west and includes Albion Park, Calderwood and Tullimbar, as well as part of Albion Park Rail.
Lakeside suburbs such as Oak Flats, Mount Warrigal Lake Illawarra are in ward B.
Ward C stretches along the coastline to include Warilla, Barrack Heights, Shellharbour, and Shell Cove to the east of Harbour Boulevard.
The remaining suburbs - part of Shell Cove and Albion Park Rail, Flinders, and Blackbutt - fall under ward D.
Kiama does not have wards, so all residents of the local government area vote from all candidates.
There will be nine councillors elected to Kiama's council.
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