Role of our Councillors and Mayor
Councillors attend all ordinary meetings of the Council and vote on all matters being decided, unless a conflict of interest prevents him or her from voting.
A Councillor’s responsibilities include:
- Strategic planning for the whole municipality and a sustainable future
- Determining the financial strategy and allocating resources via the council budget
- Representing ratepayers and residents
- Advocating on a broad range of issues
- Facilitating community participation
- Liaising and coordinating with other levels of government, non-government, community groups and the private sector
Councillors receive an allowance - $30,880 for Councillors and $98,581 for the Mayor, plus allowances. There is no additional fiscal allowance for the Deputy Mayor.
Councillors commit to a four-year term. A Councillor can work full-time and carry out the role of Councillor.
Who are our current Councillors?
Role of Mayor
The role of the mayor is to:
- Chair Council meetings
- Exercise a casting vote in the event of a tied vote
- Take precedence at civic functions
Other roles and duties of a Mayor include governance, facilitating good relationships between Councillors and acting as a primary contact for the City CEO. The Mayor is often the face of the organisation, acting as a spokesperson and representing the Council on regional committees.
For the first time Council has also elected a Deputy Mayor, who will support the Mayor and better represent the Council at events the Mayor is unable to attend.
For more information please contact us on 03 5434 6000.