In addition to the NSW Local Government Elections, Wollondilly Shire Councillors have agreed to hold a constitutional referendum. The constitutional referendum will determine the basis on which the Mayor attains office and will reduce the number of Wards from 3 to 2, with 4 Councillors per Ward.
The Council has been discussing the issue of a popularly elected Mayor for some time, and as Wollondilly Shire Council is not affected by Local Government amalgamations, this election is a timely opportunity to conduct a constitutional referendum at a reduced cost to ratepayers.
If voters support the idea of a popularly elected Mayor in Wollondilly, the September 2020 elections will be the first time the community will have the opportunity to vote for a popularly elected Mayor.
Voting at the referendum is compulsory for all voters who reside within the Wollondilly Shire Council Local Government Area.