No change soon to voting system

TWEED Shire councillor Dot Holdom has warned Tweed voters hoping for a change in the system to elect the mayor that it won't happen until the 2016 council election, if at all.

However, she said she favoured voters choosing the mayor.

Last week Cr Barry Longland, who was defeated for the positions of mayor and deputy mayor in a draw from a cardboard box after votes by councillors were tied three-all, suggested it might be time for a referendum on the public voting for the mayor.

Currently Tweed councillors vote every September for the mayor, whereas the neighbouring councils of Byron, Lismore and Gold Coast all have mayors chosen by the people at the time of the council election.

Mayor Warren Polglase has challenged Cr Longland to put forward a motion to other councillors seeking approval for a referendum on the system.

Cr Holdom said if a referendum was decided on it would take place at the 2012 election and whatever the outcome was it couldn't be enacted till 2016.

“I do believe in the democratic right of people to have their say-so,” she said.

Cr Holdom said she had been saddened by some of the comments made by people since the mayor and deputy mayor's positions were chosen by a draw from a box earlier this month.



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