Stirling councillor calls for direct mayor election

Stirling councillor calls for direct mayor election

STIRLING Councillor David Boothman wants the city’s mayor to be voted by the electors and not the councillors.

Cr Boothman put forward a motion last week calling for an investigation to change the mayoral voting processes for next year.

“Council determines to change the method of filling the office of mayor for the 2017 Local Government Elections to allow election of the Mayor by the electors,” the motion said.

Currently the City of Stirling councillors elect their mayor, who is also a ward councillor.

Councils can choose to adopt one of two systems, where voters directly elect the mayor or councillors decide.

Cr Boothman said given so many other councils directly elected the mayor, it needed to be considered.

“Given the circumstances and the timing it is an opportune time to review this and perhaps we need to consider knowing there are a number of councils around us electing the mayor at large,” he said.

Councils where ratepayers elect the mayor include Perth, Cambridge, Joondalup, Canning, South Perth, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Albany.

The item will be considered at the next council meeting on Tuesday, October 25.