The Role of the Mayor

The Mayor is elected by the Councillors as the Civic Leader and acts as public spokesperson on matters of policy. The Mayor is also the link between Council and Management and plays a general supervisory role over the operations of the Council. 

Under the Local Government Act, the Mayor:

  • exercises the functions of Council; 
  • chairs meetings; 
  • carries out civic and ceremonial functions.

Councillors

Councillors are empowered to exercise direction and control through their function of allocating the Council's resources when the Annual Management Plan is being prepared. They are also given a key role in the creation and review of the Council's policies and objectives and the criteria relating to the exercises of the Council's regulatory functions.

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, 1993; 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 Council's regulatory functions; to review the performance of the Council and its delivery of services, and the management plans and revenue policies of the 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.