Cr Dot Holdom no longer supports a community vote to decide who is mayor.
Cr Dot Holdom no longer supports a community vote to decide who is mayor.

Holdom backs off support

ONE Tweed Shire councillor's support for a popularly elected mayor is waning as the deadline looms to announce a September referendum.

The councillors need to advise the Electoral Commission NSW by the end of April if they want a referendum on the issue of the number of councillors and having a popularly elected mayor.

Councillors have discussed changing the structure for several years.

At Tuesday's council meeting councillors again debated the merits of a popularly elected mayor, with Cr Dot Holdom deciding not to support a refer- endum after "more research into the issue".

Cr Holdom said she initially supported the idea of a popularly elected mayor but conceded that it caused too many problems.

"The group, as a council, has different points of view and if you get one mayor who is only pushing their own ideals it causes problems," Cr Holdom said.

"I also claim the right if I don't think the mayor is acting in the best interest to vote to have them removed."

Cr Holdom said the money outlaid for a referendum could be better spent elsewhere.

She said Electoral Commission NSW had advised that the final costs associated with a referendum would not be known until April or May 2012.



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