Local representatives

1. Elected Council

The elections held on 9 September saw 11 new Councillors elected to represent the community. The new Council is (in order of election):

At the first meeting held on 20 September, Cr Tim Overall was elected Mayor for a term of two years and Cr Trevor Hicks was elected Deputy Mayor for a term of one year.

2017 Elected Councillors

Pictured above from left to right are - (top row) Cr Kenrick Winchester, Cr Michele Biscotti, Cr Mark Schweikert, Cr Pete Harrison, Cr Brian Brown, Cr Peter Marshall, Cr Peter Bray OAM
(front row) Cr Trudy Taylor, Cr Trevor Hicks (Deputy Mayor), Cr Tim Overall (Mayor), Cr Radmila Noveska

2. What is the role of Council?

The 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.

Policy Formulation

  • 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.

3. Committee Representatives and meeting frequency

Council Committees

Planning and Strategy Committee of Whole
Whole Council

Organisational Committees

Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee
Cr Brown and Portfolio GM Organisation Capability
Australia Day and Community Awards Committee
Mayor As required
Australia Day Organising Committee Portfolio GM Community Choice  As required 
Consultative Committee on Aboriginal Issues  Cr Marshall  Quarterly 
Consultative Committee on Aboriginal Issues  Cr Marshall  Quarterly 
Cultural Development and Public Arts Advisory Committee  Cr Noveska  Quarterly 
Dangerous Dog Panel  Cr Taylor  As required 
Disability Access  Peter Bray and staff  As required
QPRC Heritage Advisory Committee  Cr Schweikert and Cr Marshall, Council’s Heritage Advisor and Portfolio GM Natural Built Character  Bi-monthly
Braidwood and Curtilage Heritage Advisory Committee  Cr Marshall, Council’s Heritage Advisor and staff  As required 
Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee  Cr Marshall  Quarterly
Queanbeyan Showground Advisory Committee  Cr Taylor  As required 
Sister City Committee  Mayor, Cr Noveska and Portfolio GM Community Choice  As required 
Queanbeyan Sporting Gallery Committee  Mayor  As required
Sports Council Cr Winchester (Chair), Cr Hicks and Cr Biscotti  Quarterly 
Q Advisory Board  Cr Noveska, Chair Cultural Advisory Committee and Portfolio GM Community Choice  Bi-monthly 
Queanbeyan-Palerang Library Service – NSW Public Library Zone Delegate  Cr Winchester  As required 
Implementation Advisory Group  Cr Schweikert, Cr Harrison and Chair ARIC  Quarterly 
Economic Advisory Panel Cr Brown Quarterly 
Tourism Advisory Board Cr Schweikert  Quarterly 
General Manager’s Performance Review Committee  Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Cr Brown and Cr Schweikert  Annual
Youth Advisory Council  Cr Taylor and staff; Chair and Deputy Chair elected from community membership  Quarterly 

Statutory Committees

Dargues Reef Community Consultative Committee  Cr Harrison, and staff  As required 
Integrated Water Cycle Management Project Reference Group  Cr Marshall, and staff  As required> 
Jupiter Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee  Cr Hicks, and staff As required 
Lake George Bush Fire Management Committee  Cr Overall, and LEMO  Bi-annual 
Lake George Emergency Management Committee (meets quarterly)  Portfolio GM Community Connections (Chair) (State Emergency & Rescue Management Act 1989)  Quarterly 
Local Traffic Committee  Cr Schweikert, and Portfolio GM Community Connections  Bi-month 
Holcim Quarry Consultative Committee  Cr Brown  As required 


Advisory Committees

Braidwood Floodplain Risk Management Committee  Cr Harrison  As required 
Bungendore Floodplain Risk Management Committee  Cr Schweikert and staff  As required 
Queanbeyan Flood Management Committee  Cr Harrison  As required 
Queanbeyan Trust Committee  Mayor and all Councillors  As required 


Area s.355 Committees

Araluen and Majors Creek Area Committee  Cr Winchester and Cr Marshall 
Braidwood, Mongarlowe and Nerriga Area Committee  Cr Noveska and Cr Overall 
Bungendore Area Committee  Cr Schweikert and Cr Biscotti 
Wamboin and Bywong Area Committee  Cr Harrison 
Captains Flat/Hoskinstown/Carwoola  Cr Hicks and Cr Marshall 
Burra/Urila/Royalla/Fernleigh Park  Cr Hicks and Cr Taylor 

Regional Committees

ACT-NSW Cross Border Illegal Dumping Steering Committee  Portfolio GM Connections or delegate  As required 
Canberra Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group  Cr Brown, and CEO or delegate  Quarterly 
Canberra Joint Organisation (CBRJO)  Mayor  Bi-month 
Community Safety Precinct Committee – Monaro Local Area Command  Cr Schweikert and Cr Marshall  As required 
Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel  Cr Bray and Cr Harrison (alternate)  As required 
South East Australia Transport Strategy (SEATS)  Cr Harrison, and Portfolio GM Community Connections  Quarterly 
South-East Weight of Loads Group  Staff  As required 
Southern Tablelands Arts Board  Portfolio GM Community Choice  As required 
WaterNSW (Local Government Reference Panel)  Staff  As required 
Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Network  Staff  Quarterly 


4. Community Representatives

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has recently sought community nominations for a number of advisory committees. These committees meet regularly during the year to consider specific matters. The recommendations of the committees are then presented to Council for action or endorsement. The Terms of Reference for each committee is available for download or from our three customer service centres in Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood.

Download Terms of Reference document here.(PDF, 322KB)