Role of Council
What is the role of Council?
Government exists to provide the order, rules and regulations we need to live harmoniously as a community. Local government is generally known as a Council. Councils work to support the community’s social, environmental, and economic well-being.
Rules?! We know... boring! But imagine if there were no rules! How would your household run with no rules? How would games be played? Image the chaos of trying to drive to school or work with no road rules!
If everyone in our community was allowed to do exactly as they pleased, without any care or consideration for how their actions might affect others or the environment, it would be total mayhem. This is where our Council steps in to save the day!
Council has the authority to make important decisions and regulate rules to determine what is best for the general wellbeing, happiness, safety and prosperity of our community.
Aside from creating the rules that help our community thrive, the Council also makes decisions around how we can use local resources to provide the best possible lifestyle and experience for those living in and visiting our area.
Australia has three types of Government that can make these types of decisions. They are known as Commonwealth, State and Local government.
Council business units
Council departments or business units are responsible for different areas of the organisation that affects the community.
Office of the Mayor and CEO
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the management of all staff and for implementing the decisions of Council and its services. The CEO reports to Council. This role has extensive powers, delegations, authorities and duties to carry out. To assist the Chief Executive Officer there are Senior Officers that manage large components of the organisation. The Chief Executive Officer is the most senior staff member and is supported by specific staff similar to a directorate. The Chief Executive Officer is one of five executive officers of Council and together they form the Elected Leadership Team.
Community Services is responsible for the delivery of services that range from customer services to libraries, cultural, heritage, tourism, social inclusion and community services.
Corporate Services and Business Innovation
The Corporate Services and Business Innovation department is responsible for our information technology, records management, communications and engagement and corporate planning.
Development and Environmental Services
Development and Environmental Services is responsible for the delivery of services that range from land use, development and building approvals to public safety, dog and cat management, by-laws, noise litter and nuisance matters, health and safety, public health and environmental projects and services.
Works and Engineering Services
Works and Engineering Services is responsible for the delivery of services that range from parks, roads, stormwater and general maintenance to road construction, wastewater management and asset management.
Meet our Executive Team
Our staff regularly report to Council on policies, strategies, projects, initiatives and new works that are being undertaken. This means they are ultimately responsible for the work being undertaken across our region and are answerable to the Council for delivery of the Councils instructions. A few specific roles in our Council include: