About Wagga Wagga City Council
Wagga Wagga City Council serves more than 66,000 residents across an area of 4825 square kilometres with an overall budget of more than $218.9M.
The organisation manages more than $1.47 billion in assets, including a 2300km road network, Wagga Wagga Airport, Livestock Marketing Centre and the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre. Council also provides important community facilities such as Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga City Library, Museum of the Riverina and Civic Theatre, as well as maintaining countless parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities to ensure Wagga maintains its reputation as “the City of Good Sports”.
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The Role of the Elected Council
The Mayor's Job
The Mayor's responsibilities vary widely, but all are intended to ensure the well-being of the city and its people.
The Mayor officially represents the Council at many public events such as:
- Opening new establishments within the city
- Attending inaugural meetings
- Guest speaker at many functions
Civic welcomes are extended by the Mayor to dignitaries visiting the city. The Mayor also meets Cabinet Ministers, Government Departmental heads and Members of Parliament to discuss matters of common interest to the city.
The Mayor is automatically on all Council Committees (ex-officio), chairs all full Council meetings, and has the right to vote. Whenever the vote is even, the Mayor may exercise a casting vote.At Council meetings the Mayor may bring before the Council, as a Mayoral Minute, any matter which requires immediate attention. When these Mayoral Minutes are brought forward at meetings, they are given precedence over all other business. When the Council is not in session (meeting) the Mayor may make policy decisions which can then be confirmed and accepted by the full Council at its next meeting.
The Councillor's Job
Councillors are elected members of the Council. Their jobs cover many areas, each aimed at satisfying expectations of the local community. A Councillor is expected to be many things, including:
- representative of the people
- planner and goal setter
- decision maker
- civic leader
- member of a board of directors
The Councillors are the Board of Directors for the Local Government organisation. They approve Council expenditure; set goals, strategies and policies; co-operate with appointed managers; and decide issues submitted to the Council.
Councillors also allocate resources for various Local Government functions, and watch over the efficiency, cost and effectiveness of Council's organisation. They help set priorities for Council both in planning and in execution of its works programmes.
They must be advocates for the Local Government Area and promote it, and can be called upon to represent Council in inter-government matters. Councillors, like the Mayor, undertake civic duties such as receiving dignitaries and attending civic functions.
Being elected representatives, Councillors are delegates and trustees not only for the people who voted for them, but also for those who did not. They pass on information about Council activities to various sectors of the community and provide input of community attitudes to Council. They often receive petitions from voters, and so Councillors have to make sure they are familiar with the issues involved.
Councillors are expected to show leadership in the community, in the Council, and as private citizens. They must at all times act reasonably, with equity and justice, and must submerge any self interest. They are expected to be active and look to the future. To do all this, Councillors need to keep themselves informed of a wide range of matters, about government, administration, finance, economics and society.
Statement of Business Ethics
The City of Wagga Wagga is committed to high ethical standards and this Statement of Business Ethics sets out the standards the Council requires of Council officials (Councillors, staff and delegates), contractors and their staff and other business associates.
It is essential that all City officials, contractors and their staff and other business associates work together to maintain our excellent reputation.
The standards contained in this statement are based on those in the City's Management Plan and the City's Code of Conduct.
In dealing with our council you are responsible for maintaining our high ethical standards in all contract work. The City of Wagga Wagga expects all parties to perform their duties with integrity, honesty and fairness.
The City's Corporate Values
Council’s corporate values are the guiding principles on which Council bases its beliefs and behaviour. They underpin all that Council does as an organisation. Our four corporate values are;
What you can expect from the City
When doing business with the private sector, Council officials are accountable for their actions and are expected to:
- Respect and follow Council’s policies and procedures, and abide by the law.
- Be accountable and act in the public interest.
- Promote fair and open competition while seeking best value for money.
- Avoid personal conflicts of interest with public duty.
- Respond promptly to reasonable requests for advice and information.
- Not solicit or accept any benefit from a provider for the discharge of official duties.
- Protect confidential information.
- Assess applications objectively, considering all relevant and material factors.
- Use public resources effectively and efficiently.
- Deal fairly, honestly and ethically with all individuals and organisations.
Federal & State Government Members
The three tiers of government: Federal, State & Local
Federal : Decisions affect all Australians (national economy, defence etc.)
State : Decisions affect each State only (education, Police Force etc.)
Local : Decisions affect each local area only (local roads, libraries, garbage services, parks & gardens, drainage etc.).
Federal Government Member
Michael McCormack MP
State Government Member
Dr Joe McGirr MP
Member for Wagga Wagga
Your Local Government and how it works
A tour of the Council Meeting Room provides school children with the opportunity to see how Council meetings are conducted. They also learn how Councillors are elected, their roles and responsibilities and how the local community can be involved in the decision making process. Learn about the services and facilities that Councils provides their local communities by watching the 13 minute DVD entitled "It's Your Council".
Wagga Wagga City Council
Tel: 1300 292 442