The Role of Council

The principal task of the Mayor and council is to ensure the smooth running of the city and to ensure the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the community, in accordance with the Local Government Act 2009 and council's Corporate Plan.

Role of the council

Council is responsible for:

  • Directing and controlling the city's business affairs
  • Performance of our city's services and facilities
  • Overseeing allocation of the city's finances and resources
  • Determining the policies for the city
  • Planning for the future needs of the city.

Role of the Mayor

The Mayor is responsible for:

  • Presiding over the council and council meetings
  • Providing leadership and guidance to our community
  • Managing council meetings without favouritism or bias and ensuring they are conducted in a correct and orderly manner
  • Carrying out civic and ceremonial duties of the mayoral office
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive Officer on the performance and functions of the council
  • To exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy making functions of the council between meetings of council.

Councillors have a role in developing and communicating policies, strategies and projects to ensure the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of our community.

Role of councillors

The role of a councillor is to:

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
  • 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 management plans and revenue policies of the council.

As an elected person:

  • To represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers
  • To provide leadership and guidance to the community, and
  • To facilitate communication between the community and the council.

Members also represent the council on a diverse range of external organisations and advisory bodies.