Decision making is the most important activity undertaken by the Town, both by Council and by employees.
Council can only make decisions by resolution, that is, a motion being considered at a properly convened meeting and passed by the required majority vote.
Many of the decisions made by the Town (including Council and employees) are subject to administrative law, and therefore subject to challenge or appeal. The principles of administrative law are:
- to act in good faith
- to take into account only relevant considerations
- to act reasonably; and
- to provide procedural fairness.
An important role of the CEO is to ensure that Council receives quality and timely advice and relevant information to enable informed and effective decisions to be made.
At meetings, this includes ensuring that all reports presented include the necessary background information and detail; any options; any financial or legal impacts; and any associated risks.
Council decisions need to have clarity and that clarity arises from the recommendations in reports from the CEO. The decisions made at meetings provide the direction and and authority for the ongoing operation of the Town and give direction to the CEO to act.
Members of the public are invited to participate at meeting that are open to the public.