Role of our Councillors and Mayor

A close up shot of the Mayoral chain

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.

Council also elects a Deputy Mayor, who will support the Mayor and better represent the Council at events the Mayor is unable to attend.

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