Only 34% of councils in Sydney let the community directly choose your mayor. Instead, mayors are re-elected every year through a shadowy council process. This disruptive process isn't good for our communities and needs to end.
Parramatta Council, for example, has had 9 mayors in the past 10 years. This unstable and unpredictable system gives extreme power to councillors and none to the public.
An elected Labor Government in March will implement a broad range of reforms to strengthen local government. We will make all Mayors of Sydney councils directly elected, for four year terms, to lift the standard of mayoral leadership.
Labor will establish a new Congress of Mayors, under a powerful Greater Sydney Commission, to focus on regional and metropolitan wide priorities.
While local councils face many challenges, for the past four years the Liberals and Nationals have failed to take meaningful action to improve local government.
The Liberals and Nationals have fixated on pushing councils to merge, spending millions of taxpayer dollars on reviews and consultants that could have been spent directly to improve local services and infrastructure.
Labor’s reform agenda for local government will give residents a greater say in how their community is governed and empower councils to be partners in the delivery of jobs, services and infrastructure.
Sign your name and show your support for our plan to give our communities a greater say in their local councils.