What is the proposal?

    The proposal refers to the request that was presented to the City of Subiaco Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 17 November 2020. 

    The request of the proposal is that “the method of filling the office of mayor of the City of Subiaco be changed to the election by the council from amongst the councillors of the district.” 

    Currently, the mayor is elected by the community every second Local Government Ordinary Election for a four year term. The proposal seeks to change this method so that the elected Council elects a Councillor to be the mayor after each Local Government Ordinary Election for a two year term. 

    Why are we seeking submissions?

    The City of Subiaco is seeking submissions from the community to understand the community’s view on the proposal. The submissions received will guide the Council’s decision making on whether to proceed to the next step of the process.

    Where can I make a submission?

    The community is able to make a submission online via the Have Your Say Subiaco website.

    If you are providing a submission either in writing, email or in person, please download the submission form from the document library and send a copy of the form via email to city@subiaco.wa.gov.au, in writing by mail to PO Box 270 SUBIACO WA 6904 or by submitting your submission in writing to the Administration Centre, 241 Rokeby Road Subiaco.

    Your submission should state whether you support or do not support the proposal.

    Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 22 February 2021.

    What are the potential outcomes from this submission period?

    After this submission period closes on Monday 22 February 2021, the results of the consultation will be presented to the Council. The Council must then decide whether to either: 

    • proceed to the next step of the proposal process and conduct a poll of the electors of the City of Subiaco, or 
    • to not proceed to the next step of the process, meaning that there will be no change to the way the mayor is elected.

    How would a poll work, if it were to occur?

    The Council may decide to proceed with a poll of electors on the proposal and would follow the below process:

    • The Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) would be appointed to run the poll.
    • Eligible electors will be required to either update their details (if required) on the Electoral Roll, or enrol to vote if they are not already on the State Electoral Roll or the City’s Owners and Occupiers Electoral Roll.
    • The WAEC will issue postal ballot papers to eligible electors to cast a vote in the poll. Voting in a poll is voluntary.

    What are the possible outcomes of the poll?

    Once the result of a poll is declared, the result is binding on the City of Subiaco. 

    If the poll returns a result that indicates a majority desire a change in the way the mayor is elected, then at the City’s 2021 Ordinary Local Government Election, the electors of the City of Subiaco will not elect a new mayor – the Council will elect a sitting Councillor as the mayor at its first meeting following the election.

    If the poll returns a result that indicates a majority do not desire a change in the way the mayor is elected, then at the 2021 Ordinary Local Government Election, the electors of the City of Subiaco will elect a mayor. This is the status quo

    When is the poll likely to occur, if at all?

    If the Council decides to proceed with a poll of electors, the poll will likely occur during late June to early July, with the closing date for ballots likely to be at the end of July 2021.

    Does this affect the term of the current Mayor?

    No. The current Mayor will continue to serve out their term regardless of the outcome. The current Mayor’s term expires at the 2021 Ordinary Local Government Election on 16 October 2021.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    You can contact the Governance team on 9237 9222 or city@subiaco.wa.gov.au