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What is the role of Council?

Under the Local Government Act 1995 Council is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Governs the Town’s affairs
    This role encompasses strategic planning activities to ensure the continued sustainability of the Town, the setting of strategic objectives and monitoring the Town’s performance against these strategic objectives.
  • Is responsible for the performance of the Town’s functions
    This role determines that Council has ultimate responsibility for the performance of the Town’s functions. Council can exercise this responsibility through the development of appropriate mechanisms including delegations of authority, the provision of services and facilities, and regular reporting against strategic objectives.
  • Oversees the allocation of the Town’s finances and resources
    Council exercises this role by overseeing and adopting an Annual Budget and the Long Term Financial Plan. Council is advised by the CEO who is also responsible for the development of appropriate financial controls, management protocols and practices.
  • Determines the Town’s policies
    The role of Council in setting policy is most effective when it is linked with a professional organisation that implements these policies through the development of appropriate management protocols and work processes. The policies of Council provide the direction for the ongoing management of City activities.