Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller
Mayor Waller and her family have lived in Liverpool for more than 60 years.
Liverpool has a strong heritage as the fourth oldest township in Australia and is a vibrant multicultural city which is now home to more than 150 nationalities. We need to embrace our past and envisage our future as the city moves towards becoming the third major CBD in NSW.
Council’s role is vital in shaping the Liverpool of tomorrow: a city with many opportunities where people can work, find recreation, access education and have a place to call home.
Mayor Waller was first elected to Council in 1995 and became the first woman to be elected Mayor in 2008 and was re-elected as Mayor in September 2016. She's also an Executive Member of the Australian Local Government Women's Association NSW, has a Masters in Social Administration and an Executive Certificate in Local Government from UTS.
Her priority, as Liverpool embraces rapid growth, is to ensure the community we know and love shares in the opportunities ahead. Liverpool is a city on the move.
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The Mayor and Council welcome invitations from the community to participate in important events and functions.
Protocol for invitations
As the elected Chair of Council, the role of the Mayor is to assist you in celebrating and recognising achievements and milestones. You may request the Mayor to formally open an event, welcome guests or present an award.
Invitations for a Council representative to attend a function or event must be in writing and should be forwarded to the Mayor’s Office with as much advance notice as possible. We suggest a minimum three weeks.
If your event is a ticketed event, please advise if the tickets being provided are complimentary for the Mayor or Councillor(s) or whether payment is required. Please advise if the Mayor or Councillor’s partner is invited to the function.
When you are preparing any documentation, marketing collateral or signage for an event, please ensure it meets the terms and conditions associated with any grant funding provided for the event or project. Please contact our Communications Team if you are unsure.
The Mayor is the principal representative of Council and all Councillors support the Mayor.
The Deputy Mayor will generally substitute for the Mayor at a function or event where the Mayor is unable to attend. Where the Deputy Mayor cannot attend, the Mayor will nominate another Councillor.
Forms of address
The Mayor takes precedence in local affairs over any other person. This precedence also applies to the Deputy Mayor who has been deputised by the Mayor to represent him/her during any absence.
This precedence does not apply to functions coordinated by a State or Federal Government department and in these cases the local State or Federal Member would take precedence.
When introducing the Mayor or Councillors:
1. When the function is attended by one Council representative:
“The Mayor /Deputy Mayor of Liverpool City Council, Cllr Joe Bloggs” or “Councillor Joe Bloggs”.
After the initial introduction the Mayor may be referred to and directly addressed as Cr Bloggs or Mr/Madam Mayor.
2. When attended by more than one Council representative:
Acknowledge the Mayor/Deputy Mayor as above. Councillors can be acknowledged as Councillors Smith, Brown, Jones etc.
3. When introducing a Councillor who is deputising for the Mayor, example:
“I would like to introduce Councillor Jane Smith who is deputising for the Mayor in his/her absence."
4. After formal introductions have taken place, forms of address are at the discretion of the incumbent Mayor or Councillor.
The Councillor will confirm with you their current preference.
If you would like to the Mayor or Councillor to deliver a speech, please advise
- length of speech you would like the Mayor or Councillor to make;
- subject of speech;
- where in the proceedings it will be made; and
- background of organisation or purpose of the function.
This information should be provided at least two weeks prior to the event. An official acknowledgement of our traditional land owners will be included in every speech.
Timing of functions
To help us plan the Mayor and Councillor’s diary, we ask that you give some consideration to the most suitable arrival and departure times. It may be important for the Mayor or Councillor to arrive just before a formal opening or for the Mayor or Councillor to arrive at a specific time during a function. Please also advise the estimated duration of the function.
Arriving at a function
The Mayor / Councillor should be met by someone from your organisation and escorted to the event, seat or hall as appropriate. We ask that you arrange for the Mayor / Councillor to be introduced to other dignitaries and leaders of your organisation and briefed about the order of the proceedings.
Please advise if a particular dress code is required.
Role of mayor
226 Role of mayor
The role of the mayor is as follows:
- to be the leader of the council and a leader in the local community,
- to advance community cohesion and promote civic awareness,
- to be the principal member and spokesperson of the governing body, including representing the views of the council as to its local priorities,
- to exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the council between meetings of the council,
- to preside at meetings of the council,
- to ensure that meetings of the council are conducted efficiently, effectively and in accordance with this Act,
- to ensure the timely development and adoption of the strategic plans, programs and policies of the council,
- to promote the effective and consistent implementation of the strategic plans, programs and policies of the council,
- to promote partnerships between the council and key stakeholders,
- to advise, consult with and provide strategic direction to the general manager in relation to the implementation of the strategic plans and policies of the council,
- in conjunction with the general manager, to ensure adequate opportunities and mechanisms for engagement between the council and the local community,
- to carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the mayoral office,
- to represent the council on regional organisations and at inter-governmental forums at regional, State and Commonwealth level,
- in consultation with the councillors, to lead performance appraisals of the general manager,
- to exercise any other functions of the council that the council determines.