Holdom backs off support
ONE Tweed Shire councillor's support for a popularly elected mayor is waning as the deadline looms to announce a September referendum.
The councillors need to advise the Electoral Commission NSW by the end of April if they want a referendum on the issue of the number of councillors and having a popularly elected mayor.
Councillors have discussed changing the structure for several years.
At Tuesday's council meeting councillors again debated the merits of a popularly elected mayor, with Cr Dot Holdom deciding not to support a refer- endum after "more research into the issue".
Cr Holdom said she initially supported the idea of a popularly elected mayor but conceded that it caused too many problems.
"The group, as a council, has different points of view and if you get one mayor who is only pushing their own ideals it causes problems," Cr Holdom said.
"I also claim the right if I don't think the mayor is acting in the best interest to vote to have them removed."
Cr Holdom said the money outlaid for a referendum could be better spent elsewhere.
She said Electoral Commission NSW had advised that the final costs associated with a referendum would not be known until April or May 2012.