Councillors

The Council is a body of nine members who are elected for a four year term to carry out duties under the provisions of the Local Government Act and Regulations. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected for a two year period by the members of the Council. The Mayor, as well as being Chairman of Meetings, represents Council when it is not in session.

The elected body is supported by a team of Council staff who are responsible for bringing the policies and changes into effect.

Contact your Councillors

Listed below are the contact details for each individual Councillor. Councillors can be contacted by either phone or email.

Should you wish to contact all Councillors on a specific matter, you can send an email to councillors@wagga.nsw.gov.au. This will ensure that all Councillors will receive the same information at the same time.

Councillor G Conkey

Councillor Greg Conkey OAM (Mayor)

Cr Greg Conkey was first elected to Council in 2012 and has served continually since that date.
Mobile: 0417 467 760
councillor.conkey@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Country Mayor's Association, Evocities, NSW Inland Forum, Regional Capitals Australia, Riverina Regional Cities, Riverina Water County Council, Riverina Water County Council, Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils, Sister City Community Committee, Wagga Wagga Tidy Towns and WWCC/Crown Lands working Party.

Councillor Yvonne Braid OAM

Cr Braid was first elected to Council in 2008 and has served continually since that date.
Cr Braid was elected Deputy Mayor in March 2012.
Mobile: 0402 214 556
councillor.braid@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: Audit and Risk Committee (Alternate Member), General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Sporting Hall of Fame Panel (Alternate), Riverina Water County Council, Riverina Regional Library Advisory Committee.

Councillor Paul Funnell

Cr Paul Funnell was first elected to Council in 2012 and has served continually since that date.
Mobile: 0459 988 402
councillor.funnell@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Australian Road Transport and Heritage Centre Committee (Alternate), Murray Darling Association Committee, Riverina Water County Council, Crime Prevention Working Group

Councillor Dan Hayes

Cr Dan Hayes was first elected to Council in 2016.
Mobile: 0447 231 080
councillor.hayes@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Annual Grants Panel (Alternate), Local Traffic Committee, Loans to Community Organisations Steering Committee, NSW Public Libraries Association, Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel, Riverina Regional Library Advisory Committee, Airport Advisory Committee.

Councillor Vanessa Keenan

Cr Vanessa Keenan was first elected to Council in 2016.
Mobile: 0418 445 131
councillor.keenan@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Annual Grants Panel, Public Art Panel, Economic Development Grants Panel (Alternate), Bushfire Management Committee, Riverina Water County Council, Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee, Riverina Regional Library Advisory Committee (Alternate).

Councillor Rod Kendall

Cr Rod Kendall was first elected to Council in 2004 and has served continually since that date.
Cr Kendall was elected Mayor in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Mobile: 0467 552 263
councillor.kendall@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee, Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel, Riverina Regional Library Advisory Committee, Sister City Community Committee.

Councillor Tim Koschel

Cr Tim Koschel was first elected to Council in 2016.
Mobile: 0400 712 880
councillor.koschel@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee, Annual Grants Panel, Sporting Hall of Fame Panel, Australia Day Committee, Loans to Community Organisations Steering Committee, Riverina Water County Council, Rural Fire Service Zone Agreement Management Committee, Crime Prevention Working Group

Councillor Kerry Pascoe

Cr Kerry Pascoe was first elected to Council in 2004 and has served continually since that date.
Cr Pascoe was elected Mayor in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Mobile: 0408 692 306
councillor.pascoe@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel, Sister City Community Committee, Airport Advisory Committee, Crime Prevention Working Group

Councillor Dallas Tout (Deputy Mayor)

Cr Dallas Tout was first elected to Council in 2012 and has served continually since that date.
Cr Tout was elected Deputy Mayor in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Mobile: 0427 448 525
councillor.tout@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Committee Membership: General Manager's Performance Review Committee, Honours Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Annual Grants Panel (Alternate), Economic Development Grants Panel, NSW Public Libraries Association, Riverina Regional Library Advisory Committee.

The role of the Councillors

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
  • communicator
  • politician

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.