The elections held Saturday 4 December 2021 saw 11 Councillors elected. They are listed below in order of election.
At the meeting held on 27 September 2023, Cr Kenrick Winchester was re-elected as Mayor and Cr Esma Livermore as Deputy Mayor until the Local Government Elections in September 2024.
Cr Ternouth's resignation was accepted at the 21 December meeting. The NSW electoral commission has conducted a countback to fill this vacancy which was filled by Cr Ross MacDonald.
Cr Webster's resignation was accepted at the 11 October meeting. As it is within 11 months of the next election Council is not able to use countback provisions to fill the vacancy. Council will apply to the Minister for Local Government to not fill the vacancy and operate with 10 councillors until the election in September 2024.
Back row from left to right - Michele Biscotti, Louise Burton, John Preston, Ross MacDonald, Katrina Willis
Front row from left to right - Bryce Wilson, Steve Taskovski, Esma Livermore (Deputy Mayor), Mareeta Grundy, Edwina Webster, Kenrick Winchester (Mayor)
- Presides at meetings of the Council
- Carries out civic and ceremonial functions
- In cases of necessity exercises policy making functions of the Council between meetings.
- Performs other functions as the Council determines.
- The Local Government Act 1993 gave legislative effect to the traditional view of Local Government Administrators that the role of the Mayor and Councillors is to formulate policies for a Council’s operations, to determine the budgetary priorities and to review performance to ensure that the objectives are achieved. The Act specifically provides that it is the Councillors who direct and control the affairs of the Council in accordance with the Act.
The role of a Councillor is, as a member of the governing body of the Council:
- To direct and control the affairs of the Council in accordance with the Local Government Act
- To participate in the optimum allocation of the Council's resources for the benefit of the area
- To play a key role in the creation and review of the Council's policies and objectives and criteria relating to the exercise of the Council's regulatory functions
- To review the performance of the Council and its delivery of services, and the management plans and revenue policies of Council.
The role of a Councillor is, as an elected person:
- To represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers
- To provide leadership and guidance to the community
- To facilitate communication between the community and the Council
- To direct and control the affairs of the Council in accordance with the Local Government Act.