Generally, local government council members, who include the mayor or president and councillors, do not have any authority to act or make decisions as individuals. They are members of an elected body that makes decisions on behalf of a local government through a formal meeting process.

The role of a council member

Providing leadership and guidance to the community

People look to their elected representatives for leadership and guidance. Councillors can provide this by putting forward options and presenting arguments or possible solutions to problems at council meetings.

Developing a vision for the community and deciding what needs to be done to achieve that vision is an important role for council members. Convincing the community to endorse and follow that vision (and associated plans) requires leadership.

The most fundamental task for councillors is to achieve a strong sense of shared purpose and commitment. The needs and desires of the community are constantly changing and evolving. Councillors must be prepared to initiate new policies and activities in response to these changes.

Facilitating communication between the community and the council

To be effective, council members need to understand the views of the people they represent. Communication needs to flow both ways to be effective. Councillors provide information to the community about the policies and decisions of council, and the community relays its desires, concerns, and opinions to the council through the councillors. To represent both electors and the council effectively, a councillor needs to be a good communicator and keep in touch with the local community.

Councillors can keep in touch with electors in a variety of ways, such as:

  • attending meetings of local organisations;
  • being available and responding to residents who wish to raise issues or concerns;
  • attending events arranged by the local government;
  • participating in functions held in the local area;
  • communicating with the community regarding council matters via a newsletter, email or website; and
  • reading the local newspaper.

Determining policy

The policy-making role of a councillor includes:

  • assessing and evaluating community needs;
  • establishing priorities for the identified needs;
  • considering the allocation of local government resources; and
  • convincing fellow councillors of these needs and obtaining their support.

To initiate new policies and activities successfully, a councillor will often need to gather information and obtain advice. This may be achieved through the council staff, following an approach to the CEO.

While a policy may begin with an individual idea, decisions are not made by an individual councillor alone. They are made by the whole council. This democratic process means that a councillor must accept the majority decision when the council votes upon a motion. If a council member feels strongly about an issue and does not have a conflict of interest in the matter, he or she should present a well-constructed and researched argument during the debate on the motion. If the result of the vote is against the wishes of an individual councillor, he or she should accept that result graciously. Each council member has the right to have their dissent recorded in the minutes.

Planning for the future

All local governments must plan for the future of its district. This process starts with a Strategic Community Plan and a Corporate Business Plan.

The Strategic Community Plan is a 10-year plan that states the aspirations, vision, and objectives of the community, is developed with input from the community, and is adopted by council.

The local government’s administration then develops a four-year Corporate Business Plan that prioritises all the projects, services and activities needed to implement the Strategic Community Plan. It should state how much each will cost, what assets will be involved, and who will implement them.

The Corporate Business Plan should be developed using informing strategies, particularly asset management, long term financial planning, and workforce planning. These inform how capable the local government is of delivering the services requested by the community. Informing strategies about specific issues, such as community safety or major infrastructure works, also assist the local government to deliver these services.

Council does not need to approve the operational plan or business unit plans referenced in the Corporate Business Plan, but it should consider the community’s long-term objectives and the local government’s capacity to deliver when deciding its priorities.

Council reviews the Strategic Community Plan every two years through a desktop review, to make sure it is meeting the changing needs of the community. Council is required to conduct a major review of the plan every four years. Council will also review the Corporate Business Plan annually, to respond to changes inside and outside the local government. This process also helps council in setting the annual budget.

For more information on the role of a council member, visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries "The role of a council member" page.

Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes Councillors

Cr Jenny Mountford

Shire President 

Councillor Jenny Mountford

4 Rowley Street
Bridgetown   WA   6255

M: 0438 818 847



Term Expires: 2027

Cr Sean Mahoney

Deputy President

Councillor Sean Mahoney

PO Box 1133
Bridgetown   WA   6255

M: 0409 329 342

Term Expires: 2025

Cr Julia Boyle

Councillor Julia Boyle

PO Box 793
Bridgetown   WA   6255

M: 0428 244 760

Term Expires: 2025

Councillor Mike Christensen

PO Box 576


M: 0428 111 405

Term Expires: 2025

Cr Michael Fletcher

Councillor Michael Fletcher

M: 0427 614 079


Term Expires: 2027

Cr Tracy Lansdell

Councillor Tracy Lansdell

PO Box 193
North Greenbushes   WA   6254

M: 0400 976 434


Term Expires: 2025

Cr Lyndon Pearce

Councillor Lyndon Pearce

M: 0427 962 386


Term Expires: 2027

Cr Tony Pratico

Councillor Tony Pratico

PO Box 13
Greenbushes   WA   6254

M: 0409 764 401

H: 9764 4010   |   F: 9764 4011

W: 9761 1616

Term Expires: 2027

Cr Rebecca Redman

Councillor Rebecca Redman

M: 0407 399 342 


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Term Expires: 2025

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