Community Poll (non-compulsory)
Every four years Council has the option to conduct a non-compulsory Community Poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election. Approximately six months out from the election Council invites North Sydney residents and ratepayers to propose poll questions, which require a yes/no response from voters. The poll questions allow Council to obtain community feedback on a range of issues.
Since 1983 Council has determined a number of poll questions to obtain community opinion on a range of issues. Council did not ask any poll questions in 2012; it did conduct a Constitutional Referendum.
Summary of Poll Questions 1983 to 2008. (45KB)
All proposed poll questions received from the public are presented to Council for consideration. The NSW Electoral Commission has the final say over the format and content of all poll questions.
It should be noted that councils are not compelled to implement the matters included in poll questions, a poll may be taken for guidance of Council only. Therefore in determining whether to conduct a poll, Council should take into consideration how the data collected will be used to inform policy direction, corporate and strategic planning and/or lobbying priorities.
For more information contact Council’s Manager Corporate Planning and Governance on 9936 8100.