Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase.
Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase. Tweed Daily News

Challenge voting system: Mayor

TWEED mayor Warren Polglase says his defeated challenger for the mayoralty Barry Longland should try to change the voting system if he is not happy with last week's ”lucky-dip” decision-making process on who would be mayor.

Earlier this week Cr Long- land said it might be time for a referendum on whether Tweed voters should directly choose a mayor at election time rather than councillors voting every September.

Neighbouring Byron, Lismore and Gold Coast councils currently all have a people's vote for the mayor.

“Let Barry put it up if he wishes,” Cr Polglase said.

“We will see what the votes of my colleagues are.”

Cr Polglase warned that under a system where the people elect a mayor “you may get a mayor not able to work with the councillors”.

Whereas Byron had a strong Greens-voting population with both a Greens Party mayor and Greens-dominated council, he said Tweed had a diverse population.

“We are more diverse than any other area in NSW, with strong conservatives and strong Greens,” he said.

Cr Polglase said he could not remember a referendum on the issue, although it “comes up now and then after a draw out of a bucket”.

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