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Limits still apply to popularly elected mayors

I reply to Geoff Johnston ("Mayoral elections could be a risky business", Wollondilly Advertiser, August 5) to correct, hopefully, what seems to be a misunderstanding in regards to the proposed popularly elected mayor.

The mayor, irrespective of whether they are elected by the councillors or the ratepayers, does not have a mandate to overrule a majority vote of councillors.

The democratic process would not in any way be jeopardised by having a popularly elected mayor. In fact, it would be enhanced by giving all ratepayers input about who the mayor would be.

Far from destabilising the council, this process would remove any chance of deals being done among councillors as to who would fill the mayoral role. Such deals are often with political overtones rather than who the best candidate would be, as decided by the ratepayers.

It is hard to imagine any legitimate objections to a fair and democratic process that lets the people decide.

Wollondilly councillor Ray Law

Help the homeless

Last week was Homeless Persons Week.

It's upsetting to think that Australian young people are still in danger.

It's 2015, and we still have 47,000 young people on the streets every night — and these are just the ones we know about.

The dangers on the streets are well known.

The homeless young people I talk to often tell me of friends or people they know being bashed, sexually assaulted or tormented after sleeping rough on the streets.

Young homeless kids have to keep their shoes on at night, because they have to be ready to run from danger at a moment's notice.

The #laceitup campaign is aimed at raising awareness and funds for homeless young people.

It highlights the fact homeless young people sleep in their shoes.

We're asking Australians to support homeless young people by swapping their normal laces for blue laces.

Take a photo and share it across social media using #laceitup.

Only by coming together can we truly tackle youth homelessness.

Visit www.laceitup.com.au for more information.

Father Chris Riley, Youth Off The Streets founder and chief executive

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