By Claire Ottaviano
SWAN councillor Claire Scanlan will have a second chance to change the mayor’s method of election at her final council meeting next week.
It has been three months since Cr Scanlan, who is not renominating for her seat at the October 16 election, first put a motion forward to change the mayor’s method of election from council elected to publicly elected. (Swan mayor to stay indirectly elected)
The July motion was defeated 4/11.
She told Echo News she was resubmitting the motion, this time omitting the need to hold a referendum on the change at the upcoming election.
She said a detailed report would help council to understand the process for changing the method of electing the mayor, as well as the implications of such a decision.
“A motion for the mayor to be publicly elected was raised at the Annual Electors Meeting held March 9,” she said.
“It is something that the community has expressed an interest in and that council should give further consideration to.”
Other local governments with publicly elected mayors include the Cities of Stirling, Wanneroo, Rockingham and Joondalup.
Scanlan’s July motion was strongly opposed by several councillors with Deputy Mayor David Lucas saying he didn’t “believe in popularly elected mayors”.
The process for changing the method for electing the Mayor is set out in the Local Government Act 1995.
Staff said the change had complex implications that council would need to understand before making their decision.
Implications include the requirement to undertake a ward boundary and elected member representation review.
A report would outline the process involved in changing the method as well as its implications and provide a timeline for council consideration prior to the 2023 local government elections.