Local Governance Statement
A Local Governance Statement is a collection of information that explains how the Council works and how it involves the public in decision-making. It outlines how Council makes decisions and how residents can become involved in those processes. It also promotes local democracy by providing the public with information on ways they can influence local democratic processes.
The Council is required to prepare a Governance Statement after each triennial election (under section 40 of the Local Government Act 2002) and make it available to the public.
Through the following Governance Statement links, the community can access information on this website about how Council makes decisions and how members of the public can influence those processes.
What Information Does the Statement Contain?
The Local Governance Statement includes information on:
- The functions, responsibilities, and activities of the Council
- Local legislation and bylaws
- The electoral system and the opportunity to change it
- Representation arrangements, and the way these can be changed
- Members’ roles and conduct
- The management structure and the relationship between elected members and management
- Governance structures, processes, membership, and delegations
- Meeting processes
- Community Engagement and Consultation
- Equal employment opportunities policy
- Policy and planning documents
- Processes to contact Council and request official information
Functions, Responsibilities, and Activities
How to Contact Council
Requesting Official Information
Electoral System and the Opportunity to Change It
Roles of Elected Members
Code of Conduct for Effective Governance
Council Meeting Processes
Community Engagement and Consultation
Equal Employment Opportunities Policy
Policy and Planning Documents
Register of Members’ Pecuniary Interests