Constitutional Referendum

 

2017 election Referendum question

The following question was asked on Saturday 9 September 2017:

Do you favour election of the Mayor by Councillors for a term of two years? 

Yes Case

No Case

  • The Mayor will have the support of the majority of councillors when elected.
  • A term of two years may give more councillors the opportunity to serve as Mayor.
  • A Mayor elected by the councillors may create a more cohesive leadership team.
  • The greater diversity of candidates could contribute to a larger pool of ideas.
  • The Mayor is directly answerable to the public who elected them.
  • A term of four years can bring consistent leadership and direction for the Council.
  • Popular election is more democratic because all voters choose the Mayor.
  • Over four years, a Mayor may establish stable working relationships within and outside Council.

The 2017 Constitutional Referendum was passed in favour 52.43% to 47.57%. The changes will take effect from the 2020 election.

 

2012 election Referendum question

The following question was asked on Saturday 8 September 2012:

Currently North Sydney Council has four wards and 12 councillors (three per ward), plus the popularly elected mayor, elected for a four year term. Do you favour a reduction in the number of wards from four to three and the number of councillors from 13 to 10, inclusive of the popularly-elected mayor?

Yes Case

No Case

Reducing the number of councillors, and therefore wards, will:

  • save approximately $80,000 per annum in councillor fees, allowances and other costs.
  • bring us into line with neighbouring councils and reflect modern business practices.
  • create a smaller team, resulting in potentially more efficient decision making.
  • maintain fair representation, as each ward will still be represented by three councillors.

Reducing the number of councillors, and therefore wards, will:

  •  increase the workload of each councillor as they will be representing a larger group of people.
  • reduce community access to a councillor.
  • reduce the range of view points that will be expressed at Council meetings.
  • create unnecessary change.

 

The 2012 Constitutional Referendum was passed in favour 69.99% to 30.01%. The changes took effect from the 2017 election.

 

More Information

For more information contact Council’s Manager Governance and Committee Services on 9936 8100.