Council may establish Committees to assist with decision making, planning, facility management or to act in an advisory role.
A full list of active Committees and Council representatives is available by viewing the Council Committees Register.
Advisory Committees have been established to assist Council and the community in a number of areas.
Advisory Committees may consist of community members, Council Officers and Councillors.
They provide advice on a range of issues including
These Committees have no other authority or purpose other than to give information or advice to Council to assist it in its ultimate decision-making role.
The Mayor may attend any Advisory Committee Meeting.
Councillors are often requested and/or required to represent Council via participation on Committees formed by other organisations.
Any other group, Taskforce, PCG and/or Statutory Committee are subject to formal Council approval processes.
Under section 65 of the Local Government Act 2020, the Council may establish Community Asset Committees made up of any combination of Councillors, Council staff and other people.
The Chief Executive Officer may, by Instrument of Delegation, delegate its functions, duties or powers to a Community Asset Committee, though this is subject to certain restrictions.
The Mayor may attend any meeting.
Wellington Shire Council currently has five (5) Community Asset Committees. These committees have been delegated responsibility to manage and maintain their reserves.
Council's Audit & Risk Committee has been established in accordance with the requirements of Section 53 of the Local Government Act 2020. It is a formally appointed committee of the Council and is responsible to that body, meeting at least 4 times a year. It does not have executive powers or authority to implement actions in areas over which management has responsibility and does not have any delegated financial responsibility. It also does not have any management functions and is therefore independent of management.
The Audit & Risk Committee provides reporting and appropriate advice and recommendations on matters relevant to our Charter in order to facilitate decision making by Council in relation to the discharge of its responsibilities.
Members of the Audit & Risk Committee and their terms are: Mr Chris Badger - October 2023, Mr Tony Smith - February 2025, Ms Sarah Heath - October 2024 and two Councillors appointed annually (currently Councillor Garry Stephens and Councillor Gayle Maher).
The Audit & Risk Committee Charter includes further information on the terms of reference and a list of duties and responsibilities.
A Community Committee of Management is a group of volunteers who are elected to manage, operate and maintain a facility for the community in an efficient, effective and practical manner. This includes facilities such as halls, reserves and pavillions.
Council recognises and supports the significant contribution made by community committees of management and their ability to:
As part of Council's support and recognition to these volunteer committees of management, we implement agreements to formalise the use and management of the facility based on its ownership and facility's purpose.