Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor “Leadership Team”

List of candidates running for the win or die Lord Mayor leadership team. (In ballot paper order)

ID Group LM DLM
1 ACTIVATE MELBOURNE DOYLE, Robert RILEY, Susan
2 C MELBOURNE GROW – CATHERINE NG NG, Catherine MAKINGS, Terry
3 SHIFTING THE BURDEN TOSCANO, Joseph ELY, Margaret
4 PASSION FOR MELBOURNE COLUMB, Nick CALWELL, Sue
5 THE GREENS BANDT, Adam MALTZAHN, Kathleen
6 CRAWFORD, Robert King KENNEDY, Michael
7 ROBERTS, Shelley FARAH, Abdiaziz
8 SINGER, Gary PAINTER, Joanne
9 FOWLES A FRESH VISION FOWLES, Will WILSON, David
10 McMULLIN-WILSON FOR MELBOURNE’S FUTURE McMULLIN, Peter WILSON, Tim
11 MORGAN, Gary ANDERSON, Michele

Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor "Leadership Team"

List of candidates running for the win or die Lord Mayor leadership team. (In ballot paper order)

ID Group LM DLM
1 ACTIVATE MELBOURNE DOYLE, Robert RILEY, Susan
2 C MELBOURNE GROW – CATHERINE NG NG, Catherine MAKINGS, Terry
3 SHIFTING THE BURDEN TOSCANO, Joseph ELY, Margaret
4 PASSION FOR MELBOURNE COLUMB, Nick CALWELL, Sue
5 THE GREENS BANDT, Adam MALTZAHN, Kathleen
6 CRAWFORD, Robert King KENNEDY, Michael
7 ROBERTS, Shelley FARAH, Abdiaziz
8 SINGER, Gary PAINTER, Joanne
9 FOWLES A FRESH VISION FOWLES, Will WILSON, David
10 McMULLIN-WILSON FOR MELBOURNE’S FUTURE McMULLIN, Peter WILSON, Tim
11 MORGAN, Gary ANDERSON, Michele

Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor “Leadership Team”

List of candidates running for the win or die Lord Mayor leadership team. (In ballot paper order)

ID Group LM DLM
1 ACTIVATE MELBOURNE DOYLE, Robert RILEY, Susan
2 C MELBOURNE GROW – CATHERINE NG NG, Catherine MAKINGS, Terry
3 SHIFTING THE BURDEN TOSCANO, Joseph ELY, Margaret
4 PASSION FOR MELBOURNE COLUMB, Nick CALWELL, Sue
5 THE GREENS BANDT, Adam MALTZAHN, Kathleen
6 CRAWFORD, Robert King KENNEDY, Michael
7 ROBERTS, Shelley FARAH, Abdiaziz
8 SINGER, Gary PAINTER, Joanne
9 FOWLES A FRESH VISION FOWLES, Will WILSON, David
10 McMULLIN-WILSON FOR MELBOURNE’S FUTURE McMULLIN, Peter WILSON, Tim
11 MORGAN, Gary ANDERSON, Michele

Catherine Ng declares her bid for the ‘Keys to the Limo’ John So’s refugees scramble to cling on to whatever and whoever to stay afloat

John So’s number one, Catherine Ng, calls it a day by makeing a bold bid to grab the cash and try and win the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo on a win or quit gamble.

No longer able cling on to the coat tails of John So’s possum skin, Catherine Ng has opted to run for the do or die position of Lord Mayor.

John So’s team has fractured into many parts signaling that John So is not be able to directly influence or appoint his successor.

Without their Captain, John So’s bunch of pirates are left high and dry and desperate to find a life boat or opportunity to cling to a lifebuoy to remain Council.

Catherine Ng choice of Deputy includes out-of-work Terry Makings, former Melbourne City Council employee who was caught up in the Parking Officer’s scandal and corruption allegations that saw a number of staff including Alison Lyons leave the employment of the Council last year.

Catherine Ng will face heavy weights Robert Doyle and Peter McMullin (McClown) for the ‘grab for the Limo keys’ race in November. Peter McMullin, who stood against John So in 2001 and lost, is expected to team up with John So’s Chief of Staff Kevin Louey for his comeback challenge . Peter McMullin was dumped from the Deputy Lord Mayor’s role in 1997 after only serving one-year of a thee-year-term of office and failed to be recruited to the City Council in 1999. His political career looking decisively bleak in Melbourne he took up the offer by his mate and former CEO, Micheal Malouf, to move to smaller show based in Geelong where he was appointed Ring Master Clown of one ring circus.

Socialist left, Will Fowles, ‘Surveillance lead recovery’ candidate has teamed up with another of John So’s refugees, Cr Wilson, in what looking to become a ‘How to spend a millionaire’s fortune’ and lose campaign. Will Fowles has not had a positive start to his campaign and came a cropper in his fist major radio interview.

The Greens, Adam Ant, is relying on the Greens brand name and a bicycle safe city ride and preferences deals.

Jeff Kennett and Anne Peacock have dropped out of the race even though the competition is not that great.

Former Liberal Leader , Robert Doyle, is still pondering his future and is undecided if MrT gold chains and robes is his style. He is ecpectedtomake an announcement next week.

So if you have a few grand you want to spend and you think you are a media star time is running out for you to put your hand up and be counted. Deadline for nominations closes on October 28.

Mayoral hopeful Catherine Ng safe streets pledge

Source: Herald-sun

MELBOURNE councillor Catherine Ng has launched her bid to be the city’s lord mayor, with a promise of late-night safety officers.

Cr Ng said the Safe City Ambassadors trial would be the first step to making central Melbourne safer.

Twenty ambassadors would work in pairs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, at a cost of $1 million, offering help to revellers.

Cr Ng is a member of incumbent Lord Mayor John So’s team, and has been on the council for seven years.

Her deputy would be Terry Makings, who was assets and services director at Town Hall until last year.

Cr Brian Shanahan will have the No. 1 position on Cr Ng’s C Melbourne Grow team. Also on the ticket are restaurateur Con Christopoulos, Carlton Business Association boss Connie Paglianite, lawyer Neslihan Dastan and businessman John Dawson.

Cr Ng is the fourth person to enter the mayoral race.

She joins Will Fowles, Peter McMullin and the Greens’ Adam Bandt.

Cr Ng deflected comment on the name “City Mother”, which she said was given to her by someone else.

“I describe myself as an action-oriented person,” she said. “I will roll my sleeves up and I will be very energetic, attending committee meetings and council meetings.”

Cr Ng said that, if elected, she would be a full-time mayor. She defended her council-meeting attendance record — the worst on the authority.

“Because of my full-time job, I have to make a living and councillor is actually part-time,” she said.

Nominations close on October 28 for the election on November 28.

Catherine Ng declares her bid for the ‘Keys to the Limo’ John So’s refugees scramble to cling on to whatever and whoever to stay afloat

John So’s number one, Catherine Ng, calls it a day by makeing a bold bid to grab the cash and try and win the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo on a win or quit gamble.

No longer able cling on to the coat tails of John So’s possum skin, Catherine Ng has opted to run for the do or die position of Lord Mayor.

John So’s team has fractured into many parts signaling that John So is not be able to directly influence or appoint his successor.

Without their Captain, John So’s bunch of pirates are left high and dry and desperate to find a life boat or opportunity to cling to a lifebuoy to remain Council.

Catherine Ng choice of Deputy includes out-of-work Terry Makings, former Melbourne City Council employee who was caught up in the Parking Officer’s scandal and corruption allegations that saw a number of staff including Alison Lyons leave the employment of the Council last year.

Catherine Ng will face heavy weights Robert Doyle and Peter McMullin (McClown) for the ‘grab for the Limo keys’ race in November. Peter McMullin, who stood against John So in 2001 and lost, is expected to team up with John So’s Chief of Staff Kevin Louey for his comeback challenge . Peter McMullin was dumped from the Deputy Lord Mayor’s role in 1997 after only serving one-year of a thee-year-term of office and failed to be recruited to the City Council in 1999. His political career looking decisively bleak in Melbourne he took up the offer by his mate and former CEO, Micheal Malouf, to move to smaller show based in Geelong where he was appointed Ring Master Clown of one ring circus.

Socialist left, Will Fowles, ‘Surveillance lead recovery’ candidate has teamed up with another of John So’s refugees, Cr Wilson, in what looking to become a ‘How to spend a millionaire’s fortune’ and lose campaign. Will Fowles has not had a positive start to his campaign and came a cropper in his fist major radio interview.

The Greens, Adam Ant, is relying on the Greens brand name and a bicycle safe city ride and preferences deals.

Jeff Kennett and Anne Peacock have dropped out of the race even though the competition is not that great.

Former Liberal Leader , Robert Doyle, is still pondering his future and is undecided if MrT gold chains and robes is his style. He is ecpectedtomake an announcement next week.

So if you have a few grand you want to spend and you think you are a media star time is running out for you to put your hand up and be counted. Deadline for nominations closes on October 28.

Mayoral hopeful Catherine Ng safe streets pledge

Source: Herald-sun

MELBOURNE councillor Catherine Ng has launched her bid to be the city’s lord mayor, with a promise of late-night safety officers.

Cr Ng said the Safe City Ambassadors trial would be the first step to making central Melbourne safer.

Twenty ambassadors would work in pairs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, at a cost of $1 million, offering help to revellers.

Cr Ng is a member of incumbent Lord Mayor John So’s team, and has been on the council for seven years.

Her deputy would be Terry Makings, who was assets and services director at Town Hall until last year.

Cr Brian Shanahan will have the No. 1 position on Cr Ng’s C Melbourne Grow team. Also on the ticket are restaurateur Con Christopoulos, Carlton Business Association boss Connie Paglianite, lawyer Neslihan Dastan and businessman John Dawson.

Cr Ng is the fourth person to enter the mayoral race.

She joins Will Fowles, Peter McMullin and the Greens’ Adam Bandt.

Cr Ng deflected comment on the name “City Mother”, which she said was given to her by someone else.

“I describe myself as an action-oriented person,” she said. “I will roll my sleeves up and I will be very energetic, attending committee meetings and council meetings.”

Cr Ng said that, if elected, she would be a full-time mayor. She defended her council-meeting attendance record — the worst on the authority.

“Because of my full-time job, I have to make a living and councillor is actually part-time,” she said.

Nominations close on October 28 for the election on November 28.

Catherine Ng declares her bid for the ‘Keys to the Limo’ John So’s refugees scramble to cling on to whatever and whoever to stay afloat

John So’s number one, Catherine Ng, calls it a day by makeing a bold bid to grab the cash and try and win the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo on a win or quit gamble.

No longer able cling on to the coat tails of John So’s possum skin, Catherine Ng has opted to run for the do or die position of Lord Mayor.

John So’s team has fractured into many parts signaling that John So is not be able to directly influence or appoint his successor.

Without their Captain, John So’s bunch of pirates are left high and dry and desperate to find a life boat or opportunity to cling to a lifebuoy to remain Council.

Catherine Ng choice of Deputy includes out-of-work Terry Makings, former Melbourne City Council employee who was caught up in the Parking Officer’s scandal and corruption allegations that saw a number of staff including Alison Lyons leave the employment of the Council last year.

Catherine Ng will face heavy weights Robert Doyle and Peter McMullin (McClown) for the ‘grab for the Limo keys’ race in November. Peter McMullin, who stood against John So in 2001 and lost, is expected to team up with John So’s Chief of Staff Kevin Louey for his comeback challenge . Peter McMullin was dumped from the Deputy Lord Mayor’s role in 1997 after only serving one-year of a thee-year-term of office and failed to be recruited to the City Council in 1999. His political career looking decisively bleak in Melbourne he took up the offer by his mate and former CEO, Micheal Malouf, to move to smaller show based in Geelong where he was appointed Ring Master Clown of one ring circus.

Socialist left, Will Fowles, ‘Surveillance lead recovery’ candidate has teamed up with another of John So’s refugees, Cr Wilson, in what looking to become a ‘How to spend a millionaire’s fortune’ and lose campaign. Will Fowles has not had a positive start to his campaign and came a cropper in his fist major radio interview.

The Greens, Adam Ant, is relying on the Greens brand name and a bicycle safe city ride and preferences deals.

Jeff Kennett and Anne Peacock have dropped out of the race even though the competition is not that great.

Former Liberal Leader , Robert Doyle, is still pondering his future and is undecided if MrT gold chains and robes is his style. He is ecpectedtomake an announcement next week.

So if you have a few grand you want to spend and you think you are a media star time is running out for you to put your hand up and be counted. Deadline for nominations closes on October 28.

Mayoral hopeful Catherine Ng safe streets pledge

Source: Herald-sun

MELBOURNE councillor Catherine Ng has launched her bid to be the city’s lord mayor, with a promise of late-night safety officers.

Cr Ng said the Safe City Ambassadors trial would be the first step to making central Melbourne safer.

Twenty ambassadors would work in pairs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, at a cost of $1 million, offering help to revellers.

Cr Ng is a member of incumbent Lord Mayor John So’s team, and has been on the council for seven years.

Her deputy would be Terry Makings, who was assets and services director at Town Hall until last year.

Cr Brian Shanahan will have the No. 1 position on Cr Ng’s C Melbourne Grow team. Also on the ticket are restaurateur Con Christopoulos, Carlton Business Association boss Connie Paglianite, lawyer Neslihan Dastan and businessman John Dawson.

Cr Ng is the fourth person to enter the mayoral race.

She joins Will Fowles, Peter McMullin and the Greens’ Adam Bandt.

Cr Ng deflected comment on the name “City Mother”, which she said was given to her by someone else.

“I describe myself as an action-oriented person,” she said. “I will roll my sleeves up and I will be very energetic, attending committee meetings and council meetings.”

Cr Ng said that, if elected, she would be a full-time mayor. She defended her council-meeting attendance record — the worst on the authority.

“Because of my full-time job, I have to make a living and councillor is actually part-time,” she said.

Nominations close on October 28 for the election on November 28.

McClown chooses Louey over Huey and Dewey

Melbourne City Council hopeful Peter McMullin (McClown) has chosen John So’s Chief of Staff to be his Deputy Lord Mayor Candidate.

Peter McMullin, who held the position of Deputy Lord Mayor for one year in 1996 before being replaced by Liberal Candidate Clem Newton-Brown has sided with his old enemy’s team in a second attempt to win the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo.

McMullin, a known Maoist and supporter of the PLO and anti-zionist, stood against John So in 2001.

Having failed to be re-elected to the City Council in 1999 and also in his bid to become Lord Mayor in 2001, Peter McMullin moved to Geelong where he hoped he would secure ALP endorsement for the Federal Seat of Corangamite. McMullin failed to win pre-selection of the outer Geelonmg Seat and is now seeking a comeback fight for the City’s top job.

Members of the ALPs influential Emily’s List would no doubt be disappointed in Peter McMullin failure to support a female candidate for the Deputy’s Position. Instead of choosing an ALP Women Candidate. A decision that will work against McMullen’s campaign.

Kevin Louey has come under fire for his frequent visits to China, mostly paid for by the City of Melbourne or donated by the Chinese Government. Mr L0uey has been criticised for using ratepayer funded visits to China to further his own personal and business interests.

The McMullin/Louey team has placed at odds Catherine Ng who had indicated that she will also be seeking election for the Position of Lord Mayor,

Catherine Ng was John So’s number one Council ticket candidate in 2001 and 2004. Councillor Ng has been John So’s strongest performer on the City Council. The fact that Kevin Louey is seeking to hold on to the perks and lurks of Town hall has placed Catherine Ng at odds with John So and his chief of staff.

Peter McMillan’s bid for a second shot will give a leg up to former Liberal Party State Leader, Robert Doyle who has also indicated his intention to run for Melbourne’s Lord Mayor race.

Robert Doyle has a impressive resume and would be seen to be the favorite in what is shaping to be a Melbourne cup field of candidates.

Peter McMullin candidacy is opposed by ALPs SL member William Fowles who under the ALPs rules will be obliged to support and preference Peter McMullin bid for Office

Update: The horses and jockeys for the Lord mayors Race have been spooked. There is a suggestion that Peter McMullin may try and rerun with his former running mate ABC Journalist Elaine Canty with Kevin Louey relegated to his number one Council ticket position. Peter Mullin campaign continues to publish false and misleading assertions that Peter McMullin was deputy Lord Mayor between 1996 and 1999. The fact is Mcmullin retained the Deputy Lord Mayor’s position for only one out of a three-year-term of office. He was replaced by Lorna Hannon and Clem Newton-Brown amidst overwhelming community opposition and resentment to his about face policy of appeasement to Jeff Kennetts vision for Melbourne and the siting of the Melbourne Museum in the Carlton Gardens. Peter McMullin was unsuccessful in his bid to be reelected in 1999 and failed to in his challenge against John So in 2001. Elaine Canty was Peter McMullin’s running mate back in 2001.

McClown chooses Louey over Huey and Dewey

Melbourne City Council hopeful Peter McMullin (McClown) has chosen John So’s Chief of Staff to be his Deputy Lord Mayor Candidate.

Peter McMullin, who held the position of Deputy Lord Mayor for one year in 1996 before being replaced by Liberal Candidate Clem Newton-Brown has sided with his old enemy’s team in a second attempt to win the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo.

McMullin, a known Maoist and supporter of the PLO and anti-zionist, stood against John So in 2001.

Having failed to be re-elected to the City Council in 1999 and also in his bid to become Lord Mayor in 2001, Peter McMullin moved to Geelong where he hoped he would secure ALP endorsement for the Federal Seat of Corangamite. McMullin failed to win pre-selection of the outer Geelonmg Seat and is now seeking a comeback fight for the City’s top job.

Members of the ALPs influential Emily’s List would no doubt be disappointed in Peter McMullin failure to support a female candidate for the Deputy’s Position. Instead of choosing an ALP Women Candidate. A decision that will work against McMullen’s campaign.

Kevin Louey has come under fire for his frequent visits to China, mostly paid for by the City of Melbourne or donated by the Chinese Government. Mr L0uey has been criticised for using ratepayer funded visits to China to further his own personal and business interests.

The McMullin/Louey team has placed at odds Catherine Ng who had indicated that she will also be seeking election for the Position of Lord Mayor,

Catherine Ng was John So’s number one Council ticket candidate in 2001 and 2004. Councillor Ng has been John So’s strongest performer on the City Council. The fact that Kevin Louey is seeking to hold on to the perks and lurks of Town hall has placed Catherine Ng at odds with John So and his chief of staff.

Peter McMillan’s bid for a second shot will give a leg up to former Liberal Party State Leader, Robert Doyle who has also indicated his intention to run for Melbourne’s Lord Mayor race.

Robert Doyle has a impressive resume and would be seen to be the favorite in what is shaping to be a Melbourne cup field of candidates.

Peter McMullin candidacy is opposed by ALPs SL member William Fowles who under the ALPs rules will be obliged to support and preference Peter McMullin bid for Office

Update: The horses and jockeys for the Lord mayors Race have been spooked. There is a suggestion that Peter McMullin may try and rerun with his former running mate ABC Journalist Elaine Canty with Kevin Louey relegated to his number one Council ticket position. Peter Mullin campaign continues to publish false and misleading assertions that Peter McMullin was deputy Lord Mayor between 1996 and 1999. The fact is Mcmullin retained the Deputy Lord Mayor’s position for only one out of a three-year-term of office. He was replaced by Lorna Hannon and Clem Newton-Brown amidst overwhelming community opposition and resentment to his about face policy of appeasement to Jeff Kennetts vision for Melbourne and the siting of the Melbourne Museum in the Carlton Gardens. Peter McMullin was unsuccessful in his bid to be reelected in 1999 and failed to in his challenge against John So in 2001. Elaine Canty was Peter McMullin’s running mate back in 2001.

McClown chooses Louey over Huey and Dewey

Melbourne City Council hopeful Peter McMullin (McClown) has chosen John So’s Chief of Staff to be his Deputy Lord Mayor Candidate.

Peter McMullin, who held the position of Deputy Lord Mayor for one year in 1996 before being replaced by Liberal Candidate Clem Newton-Brown has sided with his old enemy’s team in a second attempt to win the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo.

McMullin, a known Maoist and supporter of the PLO and anti-zionist, stood against John So in 2001.

Having failed to be re-elected to the City Council in 1999 and also in his bid to become Lord Mayor in 2001, Peter McMullin moved to Geelong where he hoped he would secure ALP endorsement for the Federal Seat of Corangamite. McMullin failed to win pre-selection of the outer Geelonmg Seat and is now seeking a comeback fight for the City’s top job.

Members of the ALPs influential Emily’s List would no doubt be disappointed in Peter McMullin failure to support a female candidate for the Deputy’s Position. Instead of choosing an ALP Women Candidate. A decision that will work against McMullen’s campaign.

Kevin Louey has come under fire for his frequent visits to China, mostly paid for by the City of Melbourne or donated by the Chinese Government. Mr L0uey has been criticised for using ratepayer funded visits to China to further his own personal and business interests.

The McMullin/Louey team has placed at odds Catherine Ng who had indicated that she will also be seeking election for the Position of Lord Mayor,

Catherine Ng was John So’s number one Council ticket candidate in 2001 and 2004. Councillor Ng has been John So’s strongest performer on the City Council. The fact that Kevin Louey is seeking to hold on to the perks and lurks of Town hall has placed Catherine Ng at odds with John So and his chief of staff.

Peter McMillan’s bid for a second shot will give a leg up to former Liberal Party State Leader, Robert Doyle who has also indicated his intention to run for Melbourne’s Lord Mayor race.

Robert Doyle has a impressive resume and would be seen to be the favorite in what is shaping to be a Melbourne cup field of candidates.

Peter McMullin candidacy is opposed by ALPs SL member William Fowles who under the ALPs rules will be obliged to support and preference Peter McMullin bid for Office

Update: The horses and jockeys for the Lord mayors Race have been spooked. There is a suggestion that Peter McMullin may try and rerun with his former running mate ABC Journalist Elaine Canty with Kevin Louey relegated to his number one Council ticket position. Peter Mullin campaign continues to publish false and misleading assertions that Peter McMullin was deputy Lord Mayor between 1996 and 1999. The fact is Mcmullin retained the Deputy Lord Mayor’s position for only one out of a three-year-term of office. He was replaced by Lorna Hannon and Clem Newton-Brown amidst overwhelming community opposition and resentment to his about face policy of appeasement to Jeff Kennetts vision for Melbourne and the siting of the Melbourne Museum in the Carlton Gardens. Peter McMullin was unsuccessful in his bid to be reelected in 1999 and failed to in his challenge against John So in 2001. Elaine Canty was Peter McMullin’s running mate back in 2001.

John So head in the sand and hand in the public pocket

John So continues to spend spend spend whilst burying his head in the sand.

The State Government has also wiped it’s hands clean and failed undertake a review of the City of Melbourne’s representative model. Whilst every other Municipality is subjected to comprehensive review Melbourne has been excluded.

Its been just seven years since Melbourne narrowed its focus and adopted a direct election of its Lord Mayor.

Last year there was a half hearted proposal for the City of Melbourne to initiate it won representative review, A proposal that met with opposition from John So and was rejected on the casting vote of the Lord Mayor.

Why the city councillors that were supporting a review did not appeal directly to the State Government is anyones guess. After all it is the responsibility and determination of the State Government to undertake any serious independent review.

David Dunstan in today’s Age has reflect on the issues that face Melbourne faces and the need to ensure that the City’s governance meets the challenges it faces.

The largest and most central of them all, Melbourne City Council, instead of being made larger to give a lead, was made smaller and more ineffectual to prevent inner-city residents having any say over Melbourne’s lucrative golden mile and inner region. Labor has been careful not to undo the pro-growth, pro-big-property stance of its predecessors. But for nine years it has taken the city for granted, simply assuming that it can absorb the growth to 4.5 million people. Now problems of housing affordability, traffic congestion and the inadequate contribution of the public transport system are upon us.

The proposal to create a greater City of Melbourne is not new but for various reasons has never been taken seriously. Jeff Kennett in fact went the other way and reduced the size of the Council to that of a small island.

There is an urgent need to review and expand the Cities boundaries.

The direct election model has failed to provide good governance and accountability.

John So has spent the Cities inheritance and family jewels. Come November he will also loose the support of a number of his collection or rubber stamps. It is expected that John will dump his Deputy Lord Mayor, Gary Singer, as team up with the third rate councillor David Wilson. Catherine NG, one of So’s best performers. is expected to stand down leaving a serious gap in Johns ability to undertake even the most basic of tasks required by the City Council.

John So leadership is also under question.

John has failed to provide financial management or corporate governance. His ability to chair a meeting is left seriously lacking.

Whilst there is ongoing support and talk around the town hall for an urgent review of the City Council, reality is that both the Councillors and the State Government have left it too late to initiate a serious review.

At best we could hope that the State Government undertakes a ministerial review restore balance and strengthen the Council’s accoutability and governance in the City Structure.

Lord Mayor, by default, is also the Council’s chairman.

One proposal that should be considered and adopted is the need to separate the role of Lord Mayor and that of the Chairman of the Council.

When the State Government implemented a direct election model it did not pay sufficient attention to the functioning of the Council and did not consider to the role of chairman.

The chairman of any council should always maintain the support and confidence of the elected Council, the Chairman must be elected from and by the Council itself and not part and parcel of Lord Mayor’s position.

The separation of the two roles and allowing the City Council to appoint the Council’s chairperson of their own chopping would go a long way to strengthening the Council’s governance and ability to hold the executive to account.

This one change is simple and logical and should be adopted without delay in the first week of the spring parliamentary session prior to the November Municipal election.