Councillors are elected to form a Council for a four year term. The current Council term expires in October 2020. The role and functions of a Council are set out under Sections 3D and 3E of the Local Government Act 1989. Councillors strive to determine the strategic direction for the Shire in terms of Budget and Council Plan frameworks, economic growth, quality of life for the community and broadening opportunities for all communities, urban and rural.
A Councillor's time is often divided between family and work commitments whilst performing specific Council duties such as community involvement, advocacy, community leadership, debating and decision making at Council forums and meetings.
Code of Conduct
The Councillor Code of Conduct and Councillor Charter is required to be reviewed and adopted by Council within six months following a Council election and clarifies what constitutes a complaint, ensuring that issues relating to suspected corruption or protected disclosures are dealt with through other procedures as required under other legislation. It also aims to standardise the initial internal procedure for all complaints.
In accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, Council reviewed and adopted its Code of Conduct and Charter on 21 February 2017.
Stand for Council
Council elections occur every four years with the next scheduled for October 2020. To gain some understanding about what the role entails, below is a video produced by the Victorian Local Government Association in which former councillor Bo Li and former councillor/Mayor Ruth McGowan OAM talk about what it is to be a councillor.