Voters in the Upper Hunter Shire will be asked their preference for the Mayoral election system, in a Constitutional Referendum to be held at the same time as the Local Government elections on 10 September 2016.
Voters will be asked:
The Mayor of the Upper Hunter Shire is currently elected annually by the nine (9) Councillors. Do you want to change to the direct election of the Mayor by the voters of the Upper Hunter Shire Council, for a four (4) year term, with the number of Councillors (including the Mayor) remaining at nine (9)?
Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Wayne Bedggood encouraged all voters to ensure they are informed prior to making this important decision and to note that Council does not hold a position on the outcome of the referendum.
If a majority of Upper Hunter Shire voters support a change to the system, it will be introduced at the subsequent Local Government Election due in 2020.
The rules around Mayoral elections, including which system is used, are set by the Local Government Act 1993. The system for electing the Mayor cannot be changed without a referendum.
Councillors made the decision at the 29 March 2016 Ordinary General Meeting to hold the referendum on the Mayoral election system, after reviewing the results of a survey, prompted by a petition.
A flyer about the potential outcomes of the mayoral electoral
system referendum was distributed to all ratepayers and will be available at
Council offices. This information is also available on Council’s website under
“Your Council”, ‘Election 2016’, Mayoral Referendum’.
Council does not hold a position on the outcome of the referendum.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Phone: 02 6540 1100
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.