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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 3 2008
36 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 4, 2008 MB Constitutional Referendum to be held on Saturday, 13 September 2008 At present, Burwood Council has seven (7) Councillors including the Mayor. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors each year for a one year term. This process can only be changed if approved by a majority of voters at a Constitutional Referendum. Council has resolved to hold a Constitutional Referendum on Saturday, 13 September 2008 at which voters will be asked the following question: "The mayor of Burwood Council is currently elected by the councillors. Do you favour the election of the mayor by electors for a four year term and without changing the number of councillors from seven including the mayor?" Any change as a result of this Constitutional Referendum will not take place until the 2012 Local Government Election. The possible results from this Referendum are: Voting is COMPULSORY for all electors whose place of living is within the Burwood Council area. Authorised & Printed by: Pat Romano, General Manager, Burwood Council, 2 Conder Street, Burwood REFERENDUM FOR POPULARLY ELECTED MAYOR 'YES' CASE (Popularly Elected Mayor) 'NO CASE' (Councillor Elected Mayor) Introducing a Popularly Elected Mayor would: Retaining a Councillor Elected Mayor would: • Give stability to the office for four years • Ensure that any Councillor can be elected as Mayor with the support of his/her fellow Councillors • Give a stronger community focus to the office of the Mayor • Allow Council to assess the performance of the Mayor annually • Ensure that the majority of voters support the Mayor • Ensure that the Mayor has the support of a majority of Councillors • The people should be responsible for electing the Mayor, not the Councillors • The elected Council should determine the leader of the Council • Popular election of the Mayor for four years would give stability to the office for that period • Councillors need to be satisfied of their capacity to work in co-operation with the Mayor • The Mayor would have four years to ensure an opportunity for long term planning and policy setting • Councillors electing the Mayor on an annual basis retain the option of assessing the performance of the Mayor each year • The Mayor would have more direct accountability to the electorate • Other Councillors have an opportunity to lead the Council during its elected 4 year term • The prospect of internal politics each year at the time of the Mayor's election would be avoided • A popularly elected Mayor may not have the support of a majority of Councillors • Popular election would give a stronger community focus to the office of the Mayor • Neither electors nor the Council would be able to change an unsatisfactory Mayor before the next election • Popular election would allow a greater level of involvement and participation by residents • The views and actions of the Mayor may be different to those of the Council • Councillors are given a mandate by the electors to support the Mayor • It would be expensive to hold an extraordinary election for Mayor, if the need arises • The Mayor is chosen for personal calibre rather than alliances with other Councillors • By having a popularly elected Mayor candidates without political or financial backing may be prevented from running because of the area they will have to cover Majority of Votes Outcome No No change to the method of electing the Mayor Yes A Popularly Elected Mayor by the electors 2212867i iww wk10
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