How the Council works

Council is represented by a Mayor and nine councillors, who look after the interests of the community. The Mayor and councillors, with their wealth of experience and commitment, serve to meet the requirements of the community at all times and are readily available to residents. Decisions are made through the following avenues.

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The Committee System

Much of the City's business is handled by two standing committees which meet monthly. The committees comprise five councillors who review reports presented by City officers on a wide variety of topics.

Committee recommendations are placed before the monthly meetings of full Council for decisions. Council may accept committee recommendations, amend them, or send them back to the appropriate committee for further consideration.

Correspondence from individuals or organisations which cannot be handled through the routine processes and policies of the City is referred to the appropriate committee through an officer's report.

View dates of scheduled meetings for committees.

Corporate and Community Development Committee

Responsibilities:

  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resource Development
  • Economic Development
  • Strategic Development
  • Governance and Councillor Support
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Community Infrastructure Planning
  • Welfare Services
  • Community Facilities
  • Libraries
  • Community Safety

Planning and Engineering Services Committee

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Statutory Planning
  • Building Control
  • Environmental Health
  • City Centre Development
  • Engineering
  • Parks
  • Capital Works
  • Asset Management
  • Waste Services

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 Council Meetings

Council meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6pm (always confirm before attending as times can change without notice) and the public is welcome to attend.

View Council agendas and minutes

To assist the City in responding to questions during Public Question Time the form below should be completed and submitted before the start of the Council meeting. Guidelines for Public Question Time are attached to the form.

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Council Elections

Ordinary elections for Council are held every two years, with the next election to be held in October 2015. Council Electoral Rolls close in August 2015 prior to a Council election in October. If you are on the State Electoral Roll you are automatically enrolled as an elector.  If not you will need to find out if you are eligible to enrol (see Voting and elections).

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