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Liberal pick for Sydney lord mayor plays down chances of beating Moore

Labor councillor Linda Scott, Greens candidate and former Marrickville councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, small business advocate Angela Vithoulkas and Indigenous leader Yvonne Weldon are also challenging Cr Moore, who is seeking a historic fifth term, for the mayoralty.

Cr Scott, who is also president of both the national and state peak bodies for councils, said her experience as a local government leader made her “best placed to build Sydney back into a fun, fair and sustainable city”.

Labor’s mayoral hopeful Linda Scott.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Ms Jarrett, who lives in the CBD and is an Australian Museum board member, said she would be campaigning on re-invigorating the arts, culture and the night-time economy, improving planning outcomes, reducing bureaucracy and improving the transparency of Town Hall.

“Council as a bureaucracy needs to be able to make far more pro-active decisions,” she said.

The Liberals’ campaign for Town Hall has been dogged by a delayed pre-selection process. With Ms Jarrett at the top of the ticket, the party’s No.2 candidate is bar entrepreneur Lyndon Gannon, followed by former Warringah mayor Sam Danieli. Mr Gannon ran unsuccessfully against Sydney MP Alex Greenwich in the state seat in 2019.

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Mr Greenwich, who is involved in Cr Moore’s campaign, said people in the City of Sydney did not trust the major parties, after they had effectively worked together on matters such as handing over public land at Barangaroo for a casino. “The challenge the Liberal Party and the Labor Party have is a trust deficit in the City of Sydney. That is compared to the respect people have for Clover,” he said.

“Clover’s ticket is made up of experienced people who are community leaders. So far, all we have seen from the two main parties is political appointees.”

The postponement of the local government elections by a year has resulted in the council serving a five-year term. It means the new council to be elected in September will remain for just three years.

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