Election of Geelong Mayor - community invited to comment


Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell today invited residents and ratepayers of Greater Geelong to have their say on the model for the direct election of the Mayor.

With the Minister’s launch of a discussion paper that sets out a number of options for mayoral elections for the community to consider, the Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to give the people of Geelong the opportunity to directly elect their mayor.

“The Victorian Government is responding to requests from members of the Geelong community to be able to directly elect their mayor,” Mrs Powell said.

“I urge citizens of the City of Greater Geelong to get involved and have their say about which model they prefer in order to do this.

“The Geelong community has articulated its desire for this change and now is the time to let us know how you wish to elect the leadership you want.”

Mrs Powell said residents and ratepayers are being asked whether they wish to directly elect just the mayor or to directly elect a leadership team comprising both the mayor and a deputy mayor, as with the City of Melbourne.

“People are also invited to consider whether candidates for mayor or a deputy mayor should be allowed to also nominate as regular councillors,” Mrs Powell said.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government David Morris will be taking the lead role in the consultation phase.

At present the Mayor of Greater Geelong is elected by the councillors, as required by the Local Government Act 1989. The current mayor was re-elected in December 2010 for a two-year term that will expire when the council has its general elections in late 2012.

“I know that the residents and ratepayers of Greater Geelong are passionate about the leadership of their community so I encourage you all to have your say,” Mrs Powell said.

Copies of the discussion paper may be obtained from Local Government Victoria by telephoning (03) 9651 7026.

Submissions must be lodged with Local Government Victoria by Monday, 16 May 2011.

Lodgement may be made by email to local.government@dpcd.vic.gov.au or by post to Local Government Victoria, GPO Box 2392, Melbourne VIC 3001.