Presentation on theme: "Campbelltown City Council Local Government Elections Candidate Briefing Session 3 September 2014 Presented by Lyn Townsend, Manager Governance & Communications."— Presentation transcript:
Campbelltown City Council Local Government Elections Candidate Briefing Session 3 September 2014 Presented by Lyn Townsend, Manager Governance & Communications
Campbelltown City Council Topics for Discussion About Campbelltown Introduction to Local Government Roles & Functions of Council Role of Elected Members Role of the CEO & Staff What if I am Elected?
Campbelltown City Council About Campbelltown Established as District Council on 2 March 1868 Proclaimed a City on 6 May 1960 Estimated population (at 30 June 2013) was 50,893 Further demographic information available at:
Campbelltown City Council About Campbelltown Annual Budget - $37.5m Area covered by the City square km Length of roads under Council’s care & control km Features: Thorndon Park Wadmore Park / Pulyonna Wirra Gums Reserve River Torrens Linear Park Lochiel Park
Campbelltown City Council Services Provided Administration Building and Hall Maintenance Asset Management- Footpaths Asset Management-Road Transport Asset Management- Stormwater Cemeteries Community Engagement Community Transport Corporate and Community Services Management Customer and Community Services Depot Operations Economic Development Elected Members and Civic Functions Environmental Control and Public Order Environmental Health Environmental Management Executive Services Finance Governance and Communications Information Services Infrastructure Services Management Leisure Services Library Services Organisational Development Parks and Reserves Policy Planning and Development Assessment Services for Older People Sport and Recreation Facilities Street Lighting Tree Maintenance and Replacement Urban Planning and Leisure Services Management Waste Management Youth Development
Campbelltown City Council Introduction to Local Government 3 spheres of Government: Federal – powers are outlined in the Constitution State – derives its powers from the Federal & State Constitutions Local – State Government sets out the legal framework for Councils
Campbelltown City Council Introduction to Local Government In South Australia: 69 Councils, each is an independent body Some have Mayors, some have Chairpersons Known as the sphere of government closest to the people, its primary source of income is rate revenue More than $1 billion per annum spent on a range of essential services and maintaining $8.5 billion worth of local community infrastructure
Campbelltown City Council Introduction to Local Government About Campbelltown: Positions available at the election: Mayor 2 Ward CouncillorsGorge Ward 2 Ward CouncillorsHectorville Ward 2 Ward CouncillorsNewton Ward 2 Ward CouncillorsRiver Ward 2 Ward CouncillorsWoodforde Ward
Campbelltown City Council Roles & Functions of Council Being 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.
Campbelltown City Council Providing 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. Roles & Functions of Council
Campbelltown City Council Section 58 of Local Government Act 1999 states that it is the Mayor’s role to: Preside at meetings of the Council Provide advice, if required, to the Chief Executive Officer between Council meetings on the implementation of a Council decision Act as the principal spokesperson of the Council Exercise other functions of the Council as the Council determines Carry out the civic and ceremonial duties of the office of principal member The Mayor’s Role
Campbelltown City Council Member of the governing body Elected Members individually have no legal role or decision making power It is an Elected Member’s role to: 1.Represent the interests of residents and ratepayers 2.Provide community leadership and guidance 3.Facilitate communication between the community and the Council Role of Elected Members
Campbelltown City Council Participate in the deliberations and civic activities of the Council Review Council's objectives and policies Review Council's resource allocation, expenditure, and the efficiency and effectiveness of its service delivery Role of Elected Members
Campbelltown City Council In practice this means: Participate in Council meetings, conducted twice per month, in accordance with the formal meeting procedures Participate in Council Committees and/or Development Assessment Panel Objectively analyse reports presented to Council Present arguments and constructively debate matters before making informed decisions on behalf of the whole community Role of Elected Members
Campbelltown City Council Contribute to guiding Council’s strategic directions and governance Adopting policies and budgets to provide a framework for the provision of services and programs Elected Members have no direct authority over an employee of the Council with respect to the way in which the employee performs his or her duties The Code of Conduct for Elected Members (a mandated legislative requirement applying to all SA Councils) provides guidance regarding expectations of behaviour Role of Elected Members
Campbelltown City Council The CEO is responsible for all operational matters, staff matters and for ensuring that Council’s plans, policies and decisions are implemented The CEO’s role is outlined in Section 99 of the Local Government Act The CEO has specific responsibility for Staff management The CEO and Staff: Provide advice and guidance of a professional, technical or social nature Assist Elected Members in the policy and decision making process Action the business of Council on behalf of the elected body Provide effective management of Council’s resources and services Operate within the policies of Council Role of the CEO & Staff
Campbelltown City Council First CEO’s Briefing Session at 6pm on Tuesday 18 November 2014 Leading Campbelltown – Residential Training Program at Serafino, McLaren Vale on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 November The first Council meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 2 December 2014 First Meetings
Campbelltown City Council 4 year term Council meetings (1 st & 3 rd Tuesday per month) except January Development Assessment Panel (1 st & 3 rd Tuesday per month) except January Committees (mostly quarterly meeting schedules) Monthly CEO Briefing Sessions (2 nd Monday each month) Responsibility for: What if I am elected? Financial Management Legislative compliance Asset Management Service provision
Campbelltown City Council 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 attend Community members may ask for assistance Members may be appointed by Council to external bodies Training sessions and LGA meetings What if I am elected?
Campbelltown City Council Voluntary position with a legislated allowance From 2 December 2014, the regulated allowance will be: Ward Councillor$15,900 Deputy Mayor$19,875 Mayor$63,600 A member may decline to accept payment or part payment of their allowance Chairperson’s allowance (prescribed or sitting fee) Members may claim expenses and support in line with Council’s Elected Members Allowances’ and Support Policy What if I am elected?
Campbelltown City Council Legal Responsibilities: Code of Conduct Register of Interests Conflict of Interest Civil liability protection for Members What if I am elected?
Campbelltown City Council Campaign Donation Returns Must be completed by all candidates (whether elected or not) and returned to the CEO within 30 days of conclusion of the election Voters Roll Election Signs Nominations close at 12 noon, Tuesday 16 September 2014 Other Matters
Campbelltown City Council Contact details: Council Lyn Townsend or Jan Franklin or 8366 Electoral Commission of SA or telephone Local Government Association of South Australia or telephone Questions