Committees

Committees of Council

 

Termed a Section 355 Committee, Council may establish a Committee of Council to exercise its functions on Council’s behalf as per section 355(b) of the NSW Local Government Act (1993).
Division 5 (s259-271) of the Local Government Regulations (2005) details the provisions and operations pertaining to the establishment of Council Committees.  In summary;

• The Mayor and any other Councillors as elected or appointed by Council are members

• The quorum for a meeting of a committee is to be determined by Council

• Council must specify the functions of each of its committees and may from time to time amend those functions

• A Councillor who is not a member of a Committee of Council is entitled to attend, and to speak at, a meeting of the Committee however, the Councillor is not entitled to give notice of business for inclusion in the agenda for the meeting, or move or second a motion at the meeting, or vote at the meeting
 
• Committees of Council adhere to the same Meeting Code of Practice, Code of Conduct and all Council Policies

• A Committee  may regulate its own procedure in regards to voting

• Committee minutes require recording of details of each motion moved at a meeting and of any amendments moved to it, the names of the mover and seconder of the motion or amendment, whether the motion or amendment is passed or lost.

• The chairperson of each Committee of Council must be the Mayor, or if the Mayor does not wish to be the chairperson of a Committee; a Councillor or member of the Committee elected by Council, or if Council does not elect such a member the chairperson is a member of the Committee elected by the Committee.

• If in a report of a Committee of Council distinct recommendations are made, the decision of Council may be made separately on each recommendation.

• The recommendations of each Committee are, so far as adopted by Council, resolutions of Council.

Committees of Council play an important role in providing a mechanism for consultation, input and community engagement with residents, stakeholders and our various Town and Progress/Village Associations and this review seeks to support an effective and appropriate committee structure.

Committees have no budget, unless specified, nor any delegation of authority to make decisions or bind Council to any action.  Upon considering a matter, advice is provided to Council via recommendations made and recorded in Committee Meeting Minutes and presented to Council for adoption or exclusion at the next available Council meeting.

Council Committee meetings are held in Council facilities after hours in most cases, and a member of the senior staff team provides the secretarial and administration support at no additional overtime cost to the organisation. 

Councillors travel expenses in undertaking their duties, roles and responsibilities include representing Council are addressed in Councils Payment of Expenses and Provisions of facilities to Mayors and Councillors Policy.

Community representatives are volunteers and contribute without any reimbursement of travel or other meeting expenses. 

Following the Local Government Elections, at the Council meeting held on Monday 25 September it was resolved to maintain the following Committees of Council as per section 355(b) of the Local Government Act (1993) for the new Council term;

1. Access Advisory Committee

2. Audit and Risk Management Committee

3. Australia Day Committee

4. Financial Assistance Program Advisory Committee

5. Sports Council

6. Cemetery Forum

7. Blayney Shire Tourism, Town and Villages Committee

8. Cultural Centre Working Group

9. Blayney Shire Floodplain Management Committee

 

 

Last modified: 23 May 2019

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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