Local representatives

1. Councillor elected

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.

Councillors

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.