Election of mayor stays with council
The motion was eventually lost 5-4.
Cr Cayoun pointed towards a referendum in the City of Stirling during October’s local government elections, in which electors voted to elect their mayor directly.
She said Belmont was in the minority in terms of its processes and it should allow residents to choose the leader.
Cr George Sekula spoke in support of the motion and said it was not a reflection of former mayors or current mayor Phil Marks.
Crs Steve Wolff and Janet Powell both spoke against the motion, with the former arguing there was no evidence that a directly elected mayor was better but it had the greater chance for “dysfunction”.
Public Health Advocacy Institute director Melissa Stoneham said she believed progressive local governments needed to consider having their mayors elected by the public.
“I feel that they have a better mandate to respond to people,” she said.
“I believe that having people electing members is also more transparent because the candidates can talk about their policies and platforms.”