Roles of a Councillor

Carrathool Shire Council is currently governed by ten elected Councillors from two wards. The Councillors are elected every four years with the last election being held in September 2016.  The 2020 Local Government Elections were postponed by the Minister for Local Government due to COVID-19, the elections are now set to be held on 4 December 2021.

Councillors are elected by the people to represent the interests of all rate payers and residents, to provide leadership and guidance to the community, to encourage communication between Council and the community and to establish policy and strategic direction for the organisation and the future of the Shire.

Biyearly the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by the members of the Council. The Mayor, as well as being Chairman of Meetings, represents Council when it is not in session. Simply stated, Council is the decision and policy making body whilst Council staff are the means by which these decisions and policies are carried into effect.

What is the role of the Mayor?

  • To preside at meetings of the council
  • To carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the mayoral office
  • To exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the council between meetings of the council
  • To exercise such other functions of the council as the council determines

What is the role of the Deputy Mayor?

  • The deputy mayor may exercise any function of the mayor at the request of the mayor or if the mayor is prevented by illness, absence or otherwise from exercising the function or if there is a casual vacancy in the office of mayor.
  • The councillors may elect a person from among their number to act as deputy mayor if the deputy mayor is prevented by illness, absence or otherwise from exercising a function under this section, or if no deputy mayor has been elected.

What is the role of a Councillor?

Councillors are elected for a four-year term.  The role of a councillor:

1. As a member of the governing body of the Council:

  • to provide a civic leadership role in guiding the development of the community strategic plan for the area and to be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the council’s delivery program
  • to direct and control the affairs of the council in accordance with this 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 delivery program and revenue policies of the council.

2. As an elected person:

  • to represent the interests of the residents and rate payers
  • to provide leadership and guidance to the community
  • to facilitate communication between the community and the council

Further information on becoming a councillor is available by contacting Council on 02 6965 1900 or download a copy of "Stand for Your Community - Candidate Guide"

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