Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

The res­i­dents have no demo­cratic vote in choos­ing our mayor. With all al­lowances, this po­si­tion pays $94,500, yet the res­i­dents are dis­en­fran­chised from be­ing able to choose (vote) for their choice of the mayor as many other cit­i­zens in other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can.

How fair or how "demo­cratic" is the present sys­tem to elect a mayor in Bel­mont?

Only the ma­jor­ity of the nine Bel­mont coun­cil­lors elect the mayor. With­out any en­dorse­ment of a vote by the cit­i­zens, that is an anom­aly and an af­front to true democ­racy at grass-roots level.

This is no way to en­cour­age more and pos­si­ble best-qual­i­fied peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to stand for mayor so that ratepay­ers can then choose who they see as the best per­son for the job. KEVIN BET­TRIDGE, River­vale.

This gor­geous photo was taken by Kate Dren­nan Photography at the Ac­ton Fun­cats event where chil­dren from PMH and their fam­i­lies had a fun day out on the fun­cats in South Perth. The chil­dren in this photo are Sierra Fraser, Della Cole­man, Stitches the Bear, Justin McNair and Bryce Lowry. Have you got a pic­ture to share? Send it to south­erngazette@ com­mu­ni­

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