The NSW Greens party will appear at the top of the City of Sydney councillors ballot on 13 September, while Labor will appear near the bottom of both councillors and lord mayoral ballots.

The ballot order for lord mayor will be Shayne Mallard for the Liberals, Clover Moore, Chris Harris for the Greens, Meredith Burgmann for Labor, and two ungrouped independents.

The parties’ council tickets will appear as Greens, Liberals, Clover Moore, independents, and Labor. Two independent candidates Ormond McDermott and John Cooper will also appear at the end.

Clover Moore campaigner Larry Galbraith said the traditional donkey vote wasn’t a significant factor in council elections because voters don’t need to number every box if they vote above the line.

The positions were drawn by a NSW Electoral Commission official last week with lord mayoral candidates Burgmann and Harris present.

Due to the unique high profile of the City of Sydney compared with other NSW councils also facing elections, the Commission did not let the council choose its own returning officer and installed an official of its own.

Voters will also be asked to consider electoral reform that would see the City of Sydney Council broken up into three wards of three councillors each.

Incumbent Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in a statement that she had a proud record of achievement and will deliver on Sustainable Sydney 2030.

Over the past four years, we’ve unified the amalgamated city, established a firm foundation for the future by creating a Council organisation that is well managed, financially prudent and engaged with our diverse communities, she said.

The remaining candidates have all focused on Moore as the key opponent to beat.

Make no mistake, ousting the Clover Moore Party will be tough, Burgmann said.

Liberal councillor Shayne Mallard said it was time for generation change and a new leadership for Sydney. He said his campaign’s four pillars would be restoring pride and confidence in Sydney, tackling street crime, a new approach to car ownership and budget responsibility. He compared Sydney to San Francisco, which he recently visited, and described its mayor as a greatly loved visionary -” as opposed to Moore.

Instead of offering a positive leadership for Sydney, Clover Moore has pursued her lifelong obsession with the politics of complaint and negativism, he said.

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