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COUNCIL elections are still 18 months away but the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, already faces tough competition for the top job in local government.

A former head of the Australia Council, Michael Lynch, says he will stand for lord mayor after returning from a stint as an arts administrator in London. "I might come back as lord mayor of Sydney," he said. "Yes, I'm serious, though Sydney might not be serious about it for me. But I would love to grab hold of Sydney and give it a shake while I am still standing."

Mr Lynch, 56, a former director of the Opera House and general manager of the Sydney Theatre company, masterminded the revitalisation of South Bank Centre, one of London's top art and music venues. As a colourful independent, free of the shackles of a party machine, he may put a dent in Cr Moore's share of the vote, but the incumbent Lord Mayor is playing it cool.

"It's a democracy, and anyone can run," she said yesterday, confirming that she planned to stand for re-election in September next year.

A former president of the NSW upper house, Meredith Burgmann, has also said she will run and is prepared to stand against Mr Lynch - a friend - to get it.

"I am still amazed that Clover ran again for the state seat, and I am still angry that she sees being the lord mayor as a part-time job," Dr Burgmann said yesterday. "I am from the half of Sydney she doesn't represent. She still thinks of the City of Sydney as the King's Cross area."

Dr Burgmann, an aunt of the City of Sydney councillor and MP Verity Firth, said she thought Mr Lynch needed a higher local profile to win the lord mayoralty.

"I think that Michael is a lovely man and it would make a very interesting vote because he would certainly appeal to the same demographic as Clover," she said.

"It won't be the sort of arts community who would be his natural voters; it's the residents, and it's residential issues that decide the City of Sydney vote." In the City of Sydney, voters elect the mayor directly.

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Wow this guy would be fkntastic! Cant way for that NIMBY moore to be ousted - time to move on Sydney with the rest of em.
 

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I have no problems with mayors or councillors standing for parliament.

I'm not surprised that Moore see's being the Lord Mayor as a part time job. Many councillors work full time jobs and serve on council. It's not a high paying job so that's what happens to many of them.

Verity Firth is on the same council and she's the state MP for Balmain.
There are a couple of other councillors and mayors that are currently members of parliament.

Baulkham Hills Councillor Ray Williams is the member for Baulkham Hills and John Ajaka from Rockdale Council is a member of the Upper House.
 

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clover is very popular, it will be hard for anyone to knock her off her perch. whether you like her or not, i doubt she's going anywhere, but stranger things have happened.
 

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^ of course some hate her (she's a politician), but most don't. she's a clever politician and takes up peoples causes, even if they are nimby causes. it works for her whether people like it or not. one of the main reasons why she got elected as lord mayor in the first place was for her stance on keeping the water police site as a park (and similar such causes). you may not like this stance but the people of the city do!
 

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^^ But it makes no sense .. ITS A CBD?? Its a dam city. Cant these ppl go to Melb or adelaide for parks or to the burbs... ANYWAY -

The residents that I spoke to hate her so much they want her gone because she has taken away car parking spaces and put metres everywhere and no parking. They want her out.
 

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only people who live in the city of sydney get to vote for the lord major of the city of sydney, that's our system. but i do see where you are coming from. this may be another reason why more councils should be merged.
 

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^^ But why is she popular - apparently residents hate her.
She's more understanding of issues affecting her area when compared to ALP and Liberal parties. Because she's not tied to a party, she can take a stand based on what the people think.

Independents are popular at a local government level.
 

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I hope she goes, sydney needs something fresh, I am sick of her tired and boring views. We need real action. Someone needs to get in there and put fire-crackers up everyone. Real change and progression are what's needed. I just wish we could get someone in that takes a total approach and concentrates on business development. Sydney should be a powerhouse - it's just getting held back.
 

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Meh I don't think so... just more of the same crap.

I want big ideas not pussy footing around.

Wasting time on boulevards, trams, scooters and restricted 7-11 lighting is not my idea of excitement.

How about Times Square-esque re-development for Railway Square?
 

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I hope she goes, sydney needs something fresh, I am sick of her tired and boring views. We need real action. Someone needs to get in there and put fire-crackers up everyone. Real change and progression are what's needed. I just wish we could get someone in that takes a total approach and concentrates on business development. Sydney should be a powerhouse - it's just getting held back.
At least she's doing a better job than Morris Iemma :) Sydney needs more folks like her. She knows how to make this city great, and the initatives she's promoting will bring many benefits.

Are the folks in Macquarie St producing such ideas - No!
 

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just get someone whose willing to lift the height limits, screw center point tower we can have a new skydeck on a new massive building.
 

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^^ But why is she popular - apparently residents hate her.
:lol: Then how did she get elected in the first place? :eek:hno: She is extremely popular.

I live within the boundaries of her electorate and I like her. Her departments are getting things done around my hood!

Being the Mayor of Sydney is not about approving supertalls for the likes of certain forumers.
 

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:lol: Then how did she get elected in the first place? :eek:hno: She is extremely popular.

I live within the boundaries of her electorate and I like her. Her departments are getting things done around my hood!

Being the Mayor of Sydney is not about approving supertalls for the likes of certain forumers.

This might be true but the decisions she makes can have a major knock on effect for all of us ... many of us get no say in having her voted in or out, yet her decisions can affect the entire city-wide population. Sydney City shouldn't be administered as per every other local council electorate, it should work on a slightly different system where people from outside the area also get a say in what happens - even if not a total say.

She is governing the nerve-centrer for our entire country, this isn't some hickville hilbilly area in nowhere land. Everyone deserves a say in what happens.
 

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Avy, no-one is saying this is hickey-smurfy land least of which being her council. Who is "all of us" BTW? The city-wide population? How does this affect everyone then as opposed to other areas...keep reading...

That argument doesn't hold as (for example) everyone should then have a say in the major satellite CBDs for when partially or to a greater degree combined, hold a lot of socio-economic clout too.

The only possible way in regard to the above would be to have a huge Sydney metro super-boundary, and that doesn't seem like it's going to happen.
 

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This might be true but the decisions she makes can have a major knock on effect for all of us ... many of us get no say in having her voted in or out, yet her decisions can affect the entire city-wide population. Sydney City shouldn't be administered as per every other local council electorate, it should work on a slightly different system where people from outside the area also get a say in what happens - even if not a total say.

She is governing the nerve-centrer for our entire country, this isn't some hickville hilbilly area in nowhere land. Everyone deserves a say in what happens.
I think you are entitled to vote in the council area if you are a ratepayer even you do not reside within the council area.
 

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Along with CBD business ratepayers that can vote, & those that are in the superboundary that was created back in May 2003 and February 2004 to take in South Sydney Council, it has certainly taken the votes for SCC out to many many more than very inner-city and CBD residents alone.
 
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