The role of Council is to provide the community with services, facilities and infrastructure so residents may take full advantage of the enviable Palmerston lifestyle. Residents eligible to vote elect members from the community to act as a voice on Council, ensuring their needs and aspirations for the region are met.
Some of the key services and infrastructure Council provides the community includes:
- Road maintenance
- Garbage and recycling collection
- Library and information services
- Community facilities – meeting rooms, parks, playgrounds
- Animal management
- Traffic control
- Signage control
- Community development
Council also plans and implements policies for Palmerston's future growth and development.
The Local Government Act outlines the role of the City of Palmerston Council below:
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT - SECT 11
Principal role of Council
The role of a council is:
(a) to act as a representative, informed and responsible decision-maker in the interests of its constituency; and
(b) to develop a strong and cohesive social life for its residents and allocate resources in a fair, socially inclusive, and sustainable way; and
(c) to provide and coordinate public facilities and services; and
(d) to encourage and develop initiatives for improving quality of life; and
(e) to represent the interests of its area to the wider community; and
(f) to exercise and carry out the powers and functions of local government assigned to the council under this Act and other Acts.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT - SECT 35
Role of members
(1)The role of a member of a council is:
(a) to represent the interests of all residents and ratepayers of the council area; and
(b) to provide leadership and guidance; and
(c) to facilitate communication between the members of the council's constituency and the council; and
(d) to participate in the deliberations of the council and its community activities; and
(e) to ensure, as far as practicable, that the council acts honestly, efficiently and appropriately in carrying out its statutory responsibilities.
(2) However, a member of the council has no power to direct or control staff, or to interfere with the management of staff.
(3) A member of the council has a duty to act, at all times, in what the member genuinely believes to be the best interests of the council's constituency.
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Role of principal member (and deputy or acting principal member)
(1) The role of the principal member of a council is:
(a) to chair meetings of the council; and
(b) to speak on behalf of the council as the council's principal representative; and
(c) to carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the principal member.
(2) The role of the deputy principal member of a council is to carry out any of the principal member's functions when the principal member:
(a) delegates the functions to the deputy; or
(b) is absent from official duties because of illness or for some other pressing reason; or
(c) is on leave.
(3) If the principal member is absent from official duties on leave or for some other reason, and there is no deputy principal member or the deputy is not available to act in the principal member's position, the council may, by resolution, appoint some other member of the council to act in the principal member's position for a specified period or until the principal member resumes official duties.
For more information on the Local Government Act click here.