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The Role of the Council and of Councillors

The Local Government Act 1993 provides detailed information on the role of Council, and of Councillors as individuals. It may be viewed at:

Following is a brief outline:

The Council:

  • Is an elected body responsible for administration of its area in accordance with the applicable legislation. It must do that in the best interests of the local community, as well as the public in general;
  • Directs and controls the Local Government's affairs;
  • Performs the Local Government's functions;
  • Oversees the allocation of the Local Government's finances and resources; and
  • Determines the Local Government's policies

A Councillor:

  • Represents the interest of electors and ratepayers;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to the community and the district;
  • Facilitates communication between the community and the Council;
  • Participates in Local Government's decision making processes at Council and Committee Meetings; and
  • Performs such other functions as are given to a Councillor by the Local Government Act or any other written law or Policy.

Councillors have agreed to a code of conduct, that is a statement of the standard of behaviour that Councillors should be demonstrated and which the community can expect to be demonstrated, when they are carrying out their roles and functions.

The code of conduct policy is available at Council Policies and Codes

Code of conduct complaints can be lodged by filling in the following form and returning it to Council.

Code of Conduct Complaint Form