Direct election of Shellharbour Mayor a step closer


Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has welcomed a resolution passed at Shellharbour City Council last night to call for a report on the costs and options of holding a referendum on the direct election of the City’s Mayor.

“The calling of this report is an important step forward towards restoring the right of all Shellharbour citizens to directly elect the highest civic office-holder in the city.

“That right was inexplicably taken away from the residents of Shellharbour City by the Liberal Party after the election in March 2011.

“The State Government has never explained why it took away the right to vote for the Mayoral position.

“The Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward MP, whose electorate partly covers the Shellharbour local government area has never explained, on behalf of his Government, why taking away the right of residents to vote was warranted.

“I voted against that legislation and I still oppose it.

“Mr Ward voted for that legislation and he still supports it.

“I commend the Mayor, Councillor Marianne Saliba, for continuing to push Councillors to recognise that the people’s right to directly elect the highest civic office-holder in Shellharbour City should be restored”, Ms Watson said.

12 November 2014