2020 Mayoral Election


At the Council Meeting held on Monday 21 September 2020, Councillors voted for the next Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Sutherland Shire.

In this mid-term election, the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor were voted on by the elected Councillors and the decision, based on the majority vote, was announced on the night.

Councillor Simpson was voted Mayor and Councillor Forshaw was voted Deputy Mayor, and both were sworn in immediately.

While the public didn't vote at this election, it was a public meeting and the community was welcome to attend to watch the proceedings. In order to adhere to social distancing requirements in the Council Chamber, limited attendance for members of the public applied (please see here for more information). A webcast of the meeting is available on Council’s website.

For further information about the process of electing a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, see Office of Local Government Website


About the Mayoral Election Process

Sutherland Shire Council currently has 15 Councillors representing our community. Of those Councillors, there are seven representing the Liberal Party of Australia, seven representing the Australian Labor Party and one independent.

Councillors nominate their preferred candidate for the position of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. If more than one candidate has been nominated, the Council must determine by resolution, the method of voting.

In the event of a tied vote, the decision is made “by lot” which means the names of candidates will be placed in a ballot box and one name will be drawn out. Each Councillor has the right to abstain from voting.

You can find out more about our Councillors here: Sutherland Shire Councillors

For more information about Local Government Elections, see Local Government Elections

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