Presentation on theme: "Local Government Elections Candidate Briefing Session"— Presentation transcript:
1 Local Government Elections Candidate Briefing Session Campbelltown City CouncilLocal Government Elections Candidate Briefing Session3 September 2014Presented byLyn Townsend, Manager Governance & Communications
2 Topics for Discussion About Campbelltown Campbelltown City CouncilTopics for DiscussionAbout CampbelltownIntroduction to Local GovernmentRoles & Functions of CouncilRole of Elected MembersRole of the CEO & StaffWhat if I am Elected?
3 About Campbelltown Established as District Council on 2 March 1868 Campbelltown City CouncilAbout CampbelltownEstablished as District Council on 2 March 1868Proclaimed a City on 6 May 1960Estimated population (at 30 June 2013) was 50,893 Further demographic information available at:
4 About Campbelltown Annual Budget - $37.5m Campbelltown City CouncilAbout CampbelltownAnnual Budget - $37.5mArea covered by the City square kmLength of roads under Council’s care & control kmFeatures:Thorndon Park Wadmore Park / Pulyonna Wirra Gums Reserve River Torrens Linear Park Lochiel Park
5 Services Provided Campbelltown City Council Administration Building and Hall MaintenanceAsset Management- FootpathsAsset Management-Road TransportAsset Management- StormwaterCemeteriesCommunity EngagementCommunity TransportCorporate and Community Services ManagementCustomer and Community ServicesDepot OperationsEconomic DevelopmentElected Members and Civic FunctionsEnvironmental Control and Public OrderEnvironmental HealthEnvironmental ManagementExecutive ServicesFinanceGovernance and CommunicationsInformation ServicesInfrastructure Services ManagementLeisure ServicesLibrary ServicesOrganisational DevelopmentParks and ReservesPolicy Planning and Development AssessmentServices for Older PeopleSport and Recreation FacilitiesStreet LightingTree Maintenance and ReplacementUrban Planning and Leisure Services ManagementWaste ManagementYouth Development
6 Introduction to Local Government Campbelltown City CouncilIntroduction to Local Government3 spheres of Government:Federal – powers are outlined in the ConstitutionState – derives its powers from the Federal & State ConstitutionsLocal – State Government sets out the legal framework for Councils
7 Introduction to Local Government Campbelltown City CouncilIntroduction to Local GovernmentIn South Australia:69 Councils, each is an independent bodySome have Mayors, some have ChairpersonsKnown as the sphere of government closest to the people, its primary source of income is rate revenueMore than $1 billion per annum spent on a range of essential services and maintaining $8.5 billion worth of local community infrastructure
8 Introduction to Local Government Campbelltown City CouncilIntroduction to Local GovernmentAbout Campbelltown:Positions available at the election:Mayor2 Ward Councillors Gorge Ward2 Ward Councillors Hectorville Ward2 Ward Councillors Newton Ward2 Ward Councillors River Ward2 Ward Councillors Woodforde Ward
9 Roles & Functions of Council Campbelltown City CouncilRoles & Functions of CouncilBeing a representative, informed and responsible decision-maker in the interests of its community.Participating in public policy development and planning activities with the other spheres of Government.Providing and coordinating services and facilities that benefit its area, ratepayers, residents and visitors.Developing its community and resources in a socially acceptable and sustainable manner.
10 Roles & Functions of Council Campbelltown City CouncilRoles & Functions of CouncilProviding for the well-being and interests of individual and groups within its community.Representing the interests of its community.Enhancing, protecting and conserving the environment.Regulating local activities such as building, keeping animals, parking and public health.
11 Campbelltown City Council The Mayor’s RoleSection 58 of Local Government Act 1999 states that it is the Mayor’s role to:Preside at meetings of the CouncilProvide advice, if required, to the Chief Executive Officer between Council meetings on the implementation of a Council decisionAct as the principal spokesperson of the CouncilExercise other functions of the Council as the Council determinesCarry out the civic and ceremonial duties of the office of principal member
12 Role of Elected Members Campbelltown City CouncilRole of Elected MembersMember of the governing bodyElected Members individually have no legal role or decision making powerIt is an Elected Member’s role to:Represent the interests of residents and ratepayersProvide community leadership and guidanceFacilitate communication between the community and the Council
13 Role of Elected Members Campbelltown City CouncilRole of Elected MembersParticipate in the deliberations and civic activities of the CouncilReview Council's objectives and policiesReview Council's resource allocation, expenditure, and the efficiency and effectiveness of its service delivery
14 Role of Elected Members Campbelltown City CouncilRole of Elected MembersIn practice this means:Participate in Council meetings, conducted twice per month, in accordance with the formal meeting proceduresParticipate in Council Committees and/or Development Assessment PanelObjectively analyse reports presented to CouncilPresent arguments and constructively debate matters before making informed decisions on behalf of the whole community
15 Role of Elected Members Campbelltown City CouncilRole of Elected MembersContribute to guiding Council’s strategic directions and governanceAdopting policies and budgets to provide a framework for the provision of services and programsElected Members have no direct authority over an employee of the Council with respect to the way in which the employee performs his or her dutiesThe Code of Conduct for Elected Members (a mandated legislative requirement applying to all SA Councils) provides guidance regarding expectations of behaviour
16 Role of the CEO & Staff Campbelltown City Council The CEO is responsible for all operational matters, staff matters and for ensuring that Council’s plans, policies and decisions are implementedThe CEO’s role is outlined in Section 99 of the Local Government ActThe CEO has specific responsibility for Staff managementThe CEO and Staff:Provide advice and guidance of a professional, technical or social natureAssist Elected Members in the policy and decision making processAction the business of Council on behalf of the elected bodyProvide effective management of Council’s resources and servicesOperate within the policies of Council
17 Campbelltown City Council First MeetingsFirst CEO’s Briefing Session at 6pm on Tuesday 18 November 2014Leading Campbelltown – Residential Training Program at Serafino, McLaren Vale on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 NovemberThe first Council meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 2 December 2014
18 What if I am elected? 4 year term Responsibility for: Campbelltown City CouncilWhat if I am elected?4 year termCouncil meetings (1st & 3rd Tuesday per month) except JanuaryDevelopment Assessment Panel (1st & 3rd Tuesday per month) except JanuaryCommittees (mostly quarterly meeting schedules)Monthly CEO Briefing Sessions (2nd Monday each month)Responsibility for:Financial ManagementLegislative complianceAsset ManagementService provision
19 Campbelltown City Council What if I am elected?Formal and informal duties of Elected Members can be a high commitment.Additional to Council / Committee meetings:There are civic activities and community events to attendCommunity members may ask for assistanceMembers may be appointed by Council to external bodiesTraining sessions and LGA meetings
20 What if I am elected? Voluntary position with a legislated allowance Campbelltown City CouncilWhat if I am elected?Voluntary position with a legislated allowanceFrom 2 December 2014, the regulated allowance will be:Ward Councillor $15,900Deputy Mayor $19,875Mayor $63,600A member may decline to accept payment or part payment of their allowanceChairperson’s allowance (prescribed or sitting fee)Members may claim expenses and support in line with Council’s Elected Members Allowances’ and Support Policy
21 What if I am elected? Legal Responsibilities: Code of Conduct Campbelltown City CouncilWhat if I am elected?Legal Responsibilities:Code of ConductRegister of InterestsConflict of InterestCivil liability protection for Members
22 Nominations close at 12 noon, Tuesday 16 September 2014 Campbelltown City CouncilOther MattersCampaign Donation ReturnsMust be completed by all candidates (whether elected or not) and returned to the CEO within 30 days of conclusion of the electionVoters RollElection SignsNominations close at 12 noon, Tuesday 16 September 2014
23 Campbelltown City Council QuestionsContact details:Council Lyn Townsend or Jan Franklin orElectoral Commission of SA or telephoneLocal Government Association of South Australia or telephone