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Under Section 226 of the Act, the stated functions of the Mayor are:
- To exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the Council between meetings of the Council
- To exercise such other functions of the Council as the Council determines
- To preside at meetings of the Council
- To carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the Mayoral office.
The role of a Councillor is defined in much more detail in the Local Government Act 1993 than it was in previous legislation. It is important to note that the 1993 Act defines the role of a Councillor in two separate and distinct strands: firstly, as a member of the governing body of the Council; secondly, as an elected person.
Section 232 of the Act provides that the role of a Councillor is:
- As a member of the governing body of the Council:
- To direct and control the affairs of the Council
- To participate in the optimum allocation of the Council's resources for the benefit of the area
- To play a key role in the creation and review of the Council's policies and objectives and criteria relating to the exercise of the Council's regulatory functions
- To review the performance of the Council and its delivery of services, as well as its management plans and revenue policies; and
- As an elected person:
- To represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers
- To provide leadership and guidance to the community
- To facilitate communication between the community and the Council.
Liverpool City Council is divided into two wards being North and South.
The role of Councillors is to make decisions about the running of the community and the Council. Councillors listen to the issues and ideas of individual residents and community groups and make strategic and policy decisions. The Mayor leads Council meetings and represents Council on formal occasions. An election of Liverpool City Council was held on 8 September 2012.
Liverpool City Council holds regular Council meetings on a Wednesday night (unless otherwise stated), at Francis Greenway Centre, 170 George Street, Liverpool, starting at 6pm.
The dates for 2016 are as follows:
- 3 February 2016
- 24 February 2016
- 30 March 2016
- 27 April 2016
- 25 May 2016
- 29 June 2016
- 27 July 2016
- 31 August 2016
- 12 October 2016
- 23 November 2016
- 14 December 2016
When Council meetings commence, the Mayor, who is the chairperson of the meeting, will advise the Council officers and public that the meeting is open. Once the meeting is opened, a prayer is read and the order of business is as follows:
- Confirmation of minutes, and
- Public forum.
If there are condolences, a minute's silence is observed. The chairperson then proceeds with each item on the agenda. The agenda is divided into a number of sections. Each section is dealt with separately. The chairperson announces each section. section contains a recommendation proposed by a Council officer. Councillors move and second a motion usually the officer's recommendation), debate it and vote on it. For the purposes of compiling the minutes of meetings, each meeting is recorded.
Council's Code of Meeting Practice provides that residents and ratepayers may address a Council meeting if prior arrangements have been made.
Notice must be given no later than 5.00pm one day before the meeting by email to Speakerrequests using the Request to Address a Council Meeting Form.
People requesting to address Council meetings need to:
- Give their name and residential address
- Identify the organisation or group they are representing (if applicable)
- Provide details of the issue to be addressed, whether it's an Item on the Council Agenda or not, and
- Indicate whether they are opposing or supporting the issue.
A Completed Request to Address Council Meeting Form must be forwarded to Council by:
- Handing it in personally at Council's Customer Service Centre, Level 2, 33 Moore Street, Liverpool NSW 2170
- Posting it to Locked Bag 7064, Liverpool BC NSW 1871
- Faxing it to 9821 9333
- Emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please phone Council (1300 36 2170) if you have any enquiries on addressing a Council meeting.
When addressing the Council, speakers must:
- Address the chairperson on all occasions
- Confine their remarks to the subject matter
- Obey any directions given by the chairperson
- Attempt to answer any questions put to them by the chairperson, and
- Only address matters which are under the jurisdiction or influence of Council
Please note that each member of the public who addresses a Council meeting is entitled to speak for three minutes.
Speakers should not:
- Make personal remarks or criticisms
- Use abusive or inappropriate language
- Speak for no longer than their allotted time, and
- Address Council more than once on the same matter.
To ensure that Council meetings are conducted in an appropriate manner members of the public are not permitted to interject or in any way disrupt the proceedings. Members of the public are required to obey all directions given by the chairperson.
Hard copies of the agendas and supporting papers are available from the Liverpool City Council Customer Service Counter located at Level 2, 33 Moore Street and Library from 12 noon the Friday before each meeting.
Note: The business papers for Council meeting 31 August 2016 contained an attachment for item DPG 01 Draft Georges River Master Plan that was unclear in the published version of the business paper. Below is the link to a clearer copy of the document.
Recent and Latest Council Agendas (April 2015 onwards)
Current Business Papers are now available in HTML or PDF format.
CLICK HERE for Council meeting Business Papers and Minutes for Council meetings from April 2015.