Council Committees

A local government may establish Committees pursuant to Section 5.8 of the Local Government Act 1995 to directly assist the Council in a function, project or issue(s).  The function, project or issue(s) should be clearly specified by the Council and each Committee is to act in the best interests of the Council and conduct its affairs in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act and Council’s Standing Orders.

Every two years the Council will determine if it will appoint any Management or Advisory Committees. Management Committees have limited delegated authority and are open to the public. Advisory Committees have no delegated authority and therefore are not open to the public.

Currently Council has no Management Committees.

Council has established the following Advisory Committees which directly assist Council in a function, project or issue. Elected members (Councillors) are appointed to these Committees as well as members of our community. In some cases representatives from State Government Agencies are also appointed to Advisory Committees.

These Committees have no delegated authority and their meetings are not open to the public. Minutes of their meetings are provided to Councillors and any issues requiring Council decision are included in Council Agendas.

Access & Inclusion Advisory Committee - Crs Johnson & Wilson

Section 28 of the Disability Services Act 1993 requires a ‘public authority’ to have a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.  The Plan must be reviewed from time to time but not more than 5 years since it was lodged with the Disability Commission.  In addition, a local government must include a report regarding the implementation of its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan in its Annual Report.

Audit Committee - Crs Nicholas, Bookless, Moore & Quinby

It is a requirement of the Local Government Act 1995 for local governments to establish an Audit Committee. 

The primary objective of the Audit Committee is to accept responsibility for the annual external audit and meet with the local government’s auditor (at least once in every year) so that Council can be satisfied with the performance of the local government in managing its financial affairs.

Bush Fire Advisory Committee - Crs Pratico & Boyle

The establishment of the Bush Fires Advisory Committee is specifically for the ongoing task of providing advice to Council on all matters relating to bush fire control, prevention and management.  This includes recommendations on annual firebreak requirements, review of firefighting/prevention practices, firefighting training, etc.

CEO Performance Review Committee - Crs Nicholas, Johnson & Bookless

The CEO Performance Review Committee assists the Council in the annual review process of the CEO and the setting (and review) of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the ensuing 12 month period that reflect the CEO’s personal performance and also that for the organisation as a whole.

Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) - Crs Nicholas (Chair), Pratico & Wilson

It is a requirement under the Emergency Management Act 2005 that the emergency management arrangements for the local district are maintained and that a LEMC be established. 

Although this Committee is proposed to be established as an “Advisory” Committee as per section 5.9(2)(d) of the Local Government Act, it is named according to the requirements of the Emergency Management Act.

Roadwise Advisory Committee - Crs Pratico & Moore

The Roadwise Advisory Committee has been involved with road safety education and awareness in the past including hosting the annual ‘Blessing of the Roads’ ceremony and the “Mystery Tour of Life” program with Year 10 High School students from Bridgetown and Boyup Brook schools.

Sustainability Advisory Committee - Crs Boyle & Quinby

The primary role of the Sustainability Advisory Committee is developing a leadership role in the community and introducing incentives, initiatives and recommendations which can be introduced into the daily operations of the Shire, Policy setting process, Strategic Plans and Town Planning Schemes to :-

  1. Reduce the impacts on the natural environment
  2. Reduce the impacts on the climate
  3. Initiate sustainable management of resources

Trails Development Advisory Committee - Crs Mountford & Quinby

The Trails Development Advisory Committee has been active in identifying and developing trails within the Shire, advocating on local trails development in regional and state forums as well as working with the Warren Blackwood Alliance member Councils in the development regional trails.

Youth Services Advisory Committee - Currently in Recess

The Youth Services Advisory Committee was established in 2016 after adoption by Council of its Youth Plan.

The Youth Services Advisory Committee is currently in recess.

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