Roles and Responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors | Redland City Council

Roles and Responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors

The mayor and councillors set policy to plan for the current and future needs of the community.  They are not responsible for the day-to-day administration of council or operational matters. This is the role of the CEO.

The council, mayor and councillors operate under the Local Government Act 2009 (the Act) and a mandatory Code of Conduct that outlines behavioural standards (Local Government Act 2009 (Section 12)).

The role of the mayor

The mayor is elected by the people and recognised as the civic leader of the community.

As part of the leadership role the mayor is involved in advancing community cohesion and promoting civic awareness and is the principal member and spokesperson for Council, including representing the views of the council as to its local priorities. Promoting partnerships with other stakeholders is another important role of the mayor.

The mayor presides over the council meetings and manages the conduct of participants at council meetings.

At Redland City, the mayor is also the Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group.

The mayor presides over regular General Council Meetings, where councillors debate and vote on motions, and manages the conduct of participants at these council meetings.

When the mayor is unavailable, a deputy mayor can act as the mayor. The deputy mayor is elected by a majority of the councillors.

The role of a councillor

The fundamental role of a councillor is to serve the interests of their community as a whole. In the event of a conflict between the public and private interests of the councillor or related persons, the overall public interest must prevail.

The Local Government Act 2009 clearly distinguishes between the roles and responsibilities of councillors and council employees.

As an elected representative, a councillor:

  • Is an active and contributing member of the local government.
  • Makes considered and well-informed decisions.
  • Advocates on behalf of constituents.
  • Represents the overall public interest of the whole local government area, together with their geographical division.
  • Meets formally with other councillors, with an equal voice to make decisions by voting on matters.
  • Is responsible for strategic vision and planning for the future of the local government area to deliver outcomes for their community.
  • Is not responsible for the day-to-day administration of Council, operational matters, or overseeing the work done by local government employees.
  • Cannot direct any Council employees.

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