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Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire? – The Echo



Hans Lovejoy

Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

According to the report, this means that electors can be given options to vote to divide a Council area into wards or abolish wards, change the method of electing the mayor, change the number of councillors, and change the method of election for councillors where the Council’s area is divided into wards. (All are defined under section 16 of the Local Government Act 1993).

Additionally, ‘Section 14 of the Act states: “A Council may take a poll of electors for its information and guidance on any matter”.’…

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