Role of Mayor and Councillors
Councillors are elected to represent the residents in their ward. They bring residents needs and concerns to council meetings for discussion. Councillors are also responsible for employing and supervising the CEO.
Councillors meet regularly to:
- discuss issues
- make decisions
- set the direction of Council
- approve strategic documents including the Council Plan and Annual Budget
- make all major decisions
Councillors make decisions through a majority vote at an official meeting. Council staff then action those decisions, as directed by the CEO. The CEO handles the day-to-day running of Council and employment of Council staff.
The Councillors’ Code of Conduct
The Code requires that Councillors carry out their duties with integrity, and impartially exercise their responsibilities in the interests of the local community.
Reporting Councillor Expenses
Our Councillor Expense and Support Policy outlines the resources and support that are provided to Councillors and expenses that may be claimed in the performance of their duties.
A report on the reimbursement of Councillor expenses is published as an attachment to the Finance Report. The Finance Report is presented to Council on a quarterly basis and can be viewed in the Council Meeting Minutes Archive.
Councillors on Committees
An important part the role of local government is representing the local community to state and federal levels of government, statutory authorities and other sectors.
Mitchell Shire Council appoints Councillors and council officers to regional, state-wide and local committees and organisations every year. These appointments usually happen at the same time as the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.