Council Committees

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The City of Wagga Wagga has established a committee structure with various committees, panels and working groups that provide advice and recommendations on a range of matters.

Representation on the City's committees, panels and working groups includes community members, councillors and industry representatives and are normally called for and appointed every four years, in line with the council term and the Appointment of Organisation Community and Individual Citizen Members to Council Committees Policy. (PDF, 281.2 KB)

Council Committee Structure

Airport Advisory Committee

The Airport Advisory Committee has been established to consider various issues and initiatives and to contribute to future planning and development of Wagga Wagga Airport.

Airport Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 94.3 KB)

Councillor Members:

Councillor Dan Hayes
Councillor Kerry Pascoe

1 Qantas Airlines representative

1 Regional Express Airlines (Rex)

1 Wagga Wagga Business Chamber

1 Independent aviation industry representative (AIRs)

To see the business papers and minutes for the Airport Advisory Committee, go to meetings.wagga.nsw.gov.au

Annual Grants Panel

Council’s Annual Grants Program aims to distribute small grants to the community to deliver a range of community capacity building projects, which meet advertised criteria.

Councillor Members:

Councillor Vanessa Keenan
Councillor Tim Koschel

Alternate Councillor Members:

Councillor Dan Hayes
Councillor Dallas Tout

Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee

The Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee provides independent assurance and assistance to Council on risk management, control, governance and external accountability responsibilities.  Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Risk Management
  • Control Framework
  • External Accountability
  • Legislative Compliance
  • Internal Audit
  • External Audit
  • Communications with Stakeholders
  • Review of the Committee's performance
  • Reporting to Council

The Committee's authority and functions are outlined in the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Charter (PDF, 239.7 KB) adopted by Council.

Membership of the Committee includes independent external members with experience in audit, financial management, business management or law, and Councillor representatives.  Current membership of the Committee:

Independent External Members

  • Bryce McNair (Chairperson)
  • Margaret Nicholls (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Adrian Lindner
  • David Rosetta

Councillor Members

  • Councillor Rod Kendall
  • Councillor Dallas Tout
  • Councillor Yvonne Braid (alternate member)
  • Councillor Dan Hayes (alternate member)

At present, all representative terms shall run until 2020.  Expressions of Interest may be called in the event of a vacancy or at the end of the Committee's term.

Internal Audit

The Committee is supported within Council by the Internal Audit function.  The primary purpose of the Internal Audit function is to efficiently and effectively provide independent and objective assurance to the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee and management of Council that key controls over areas of highest risk are operating efficiently and effectively and to offer an advisory service.

For any questions about the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee or Council's Internal Audit function, contact Council's Chief Audit Executive on 1300 292 442.

Australia Day Committee

To plan, organise and execute the Australia Day celebrations for the Wagga Wagga Local Government.

Australia Day Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 32.1 KB)

Councillor Members:

The Mayor, Councillor Greg Conkey OAM
Councillor Yvonne Braid

Community Members:

David Gilby
Oliver Hoffman
Saba Nabi
Syed Haris Omar
Ros Pragnell
Mark Wetteland

Crime Prevention Working Group

The purpose and objectives of the Crime Prevention Working Group are to consider various issues and initiatives that relate to the prevention of crime and safety in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area, and where appropriate make recommendations to the elected body of Council.

Key objectives are:

  • To provide advice to the Council on emerging crime trends and crime prevention issues based on relevant statistics and other stakeholder feedback
  • To identify key strategic priorities or issues in relation to crime prevention
  • To provide advice and feedback on the implementation of Council’s Crime Prevention Plan 2021
  • To promote shared community ownership and stakeholder partnerships for crime prevention across the Wagga Wagga and related regional area, and
  • To provide advice on community and stakeholder engagement regarding crime prevention strategies

Crime Prevention Working Group Terms of Reference

Committee Membership

Councillor Member:

  • Mayor Cr Greg Conkey – Wagga Wagga City Council
  • Councillor Kerry Pascoe – Wagga Wagga City Council
  • Councillor Paul Funnell – Wagga Wagga City Council
  • Councillor Tim Koschel – Wagga Wagga City Council

Industry Representatives

  • Commander Bob Noble – Wagga Police
  • Inspector Adrian Telfer – Wagga Police
  • Dr Joe McGirr – Member for Wagga Wagga
  • Andrew Stockman – Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Neil Caldicott – Department of Family and Community Services
  • Simone Jolly – Department of Justice
  • Colin Taggart – Neighbourhood Watch
  • Council staff

Community Members

  • Thomas Gardiner – Under 25 Community Member
  • Saba Nabi
  • Justin Busuttil
  • Kat van der Winjngaart

The business papers and minutes from all Crime Prevention Working Group meetings can be found on our meetings.wagga.nsw.gov.au site.

Economic Development Grants Panel

The Economic Development Grants Panel has been established in accordance with Council’s Donations under Section 356 of the Local Government Act Policy to assess Economic Development Grant applications.

Donations under Section 356 of the Local Government Act Policy

Councillor Member:

Councillor Dallas Tout

Alternate Councillor Member:

Councillor Vanessa Keenan

1 Representative from the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber

Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee

The Committee provides advice to Council on the development, implementation and delivery of actions contained in the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

The FRMAC provides a forum for discussion of the differing viewpoints within the study area, identifying management options and considering and making recommendations to Council on appropriate measures and controls with the primary objective of achieving an equitable result for the study area.

The final decision to proceed with a particular recommendation of the FRMAC is made by a vote of Wagga Wagga City Council.

Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee Constitution (PDF, 399.9 KB)

Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 99.9 KB)

Committee Membership:

Councillor Member:

Councillor Vanessa Keenan (Chairperson)
Councillor Rod Kendall
Councillor Tim Koschel

Community Members:

Ros Pragnell 
Jenny Rolfe
Brian Mahony
Patricia Murray

Industry Representatives:

Riverina Local Land Services
State Emergency Services
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
NSW Department of Planning
Council staff

The business papers and minutes from all Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee meetings can be found on our meetings.wagga.nsw.gov.au site.

General Manager’s Performance Review Committee

Undertakes the review of the General Manager’s performance, to monitor progress and achievement of the identified outcomes and provide recommendations to Council.

Councillor Members:

Mayor
All Councillors

Honours Committee

Consideration to and make recommendations to Council relating to City honours being bestowed on a person or group.

Councillor Members:

All Councillors

Loans to Community Organisations Steering Committee

The Loans to Community Organisations Steering Committee are responsible to evaluate and recommend to Council all loan applications greater than $250,000.

Loans to Community Organisations Management Policy (PDF, 686.5 KB)

Councillor Members:

Councillor Dan Hayes
Councillor Tim Koschel

2 Members of the Audit & Risk Committee

Loans to Community Organisations Committee

The Loans to Community Organisations Committee are responsible to evaluate and recommend to Council all loan applications up to $250,000.

Loans to Community Organisations Management Policy (PDF, 686.5 KB)

2 Members of the Audit & Risk Committee

Local Traffic Committee

Technical review committee that is required to advise and make recommendations to the Council on traffic related matters referred to it by the Council or other authorities.

A guide to the Delegation of Councils for the Regulation of Traffic

Councillor Member:

Councillor Dan Hayes

Committee Members:

1 x Representative of NSW Police
1 x Representative of the Roads and Martine Services
1 x Local State member of Parliament (MP) or their nominee

To see the business papers and minutes for the Local Traffic Committee, go to meetings.wagga.nsw.gov.au

Major Events, Festivals and Films Sponsorship Advisory Panel

The Major Events, Festivals and Films Sponsorship program offers financial and/or in-kind support to eligible events that activate the city and generate benefits for our community and businesses.

Council seeks to ensure the available funding is distributed as equitably as possible within the guidelines.

Industry Representatives:

Anabel Williams
Josh Walsh
Sarah Hope

Council's Events Officer

Council's Visitor Economy and Event Team Leader

Museum of the Riverina Community Committee

The Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens site is under a Lease arrangement between the Lessor Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society Inc. and Lessee Wagga Wagga City Council for the establishment and operation of the Museum of the Riverina.

4 Historical Society members

Community Members:

Julie Briggs
Ian Coates
Wayne Doubleday
Noel Thomson

Public Art Advisory Panel

The Public Art Panel has been established in accordance with Council’s adopted Public Art Policy, to guide the commissioning of public art and management of the Public Art Collection in line with the Public Art Policy and Public Art Plan.

Public Art Panel Terms of Reference (PDF, 48.7 KB)

Councillor Member:

Councillor Vanessa Keenan

Industry Representative:

Dr. Sam Bowker

Community Representatives:

Jacquie Tinkler

Council Officers

Manager Art Gallery, Caroline Geraghty (Chairperson)

Cultural Officer, Tim Kurylowicz

Project Management Office Representative, Thomas Lemerle

Find out more information about the Public Art Advisory Panel here

Sister City Community Committee

The primary purpose of the Committee is to assist the Mayor’s office plan and host Sister City exchanges in an inclusive consultative process with the community and stakeholders.

Refer to the Sister City Community Committee Terms of Reference

Councillor Members

The Mayor, Greg Conkey OAM
Councillor Rod Kendall
Councillor Kerry Pascoe

Community Members

Brian Andrews PSM
Melissa McKinnon
Robyn McPherson
Ali Tanner
Janine Tout
Lesley Vennell

Minutes from the Sister City Committee meetings can be found on our meetings.wagga.nsw.gov.au site.

Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel

Make determinations on Development Applications that meet the criteria which is laid out in Schedule 4A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act

Councillor Member:

Councillor Rod Kendall
Councillor Kerry Pascoe

Alternate Councillor Member:

Councillor Dan Hayes

Members appointed by the Minister of Planning:

Hon. Pam Allan
Alison McCabe
Renata Brooks

Find out more info about the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel here

Sporting Hall of Fame Panel

The Sporting Hall of Fame Panel has been established as a selection panel to select potential applicants for the annual nominations for induction to the Sporting Hall of Fame.

Councillor Member

Councillor Tim Koschel

Alternate Councillor Member

Councillor Yvonne Braid

2 Community members

External organisations and committees

In addition to the above, Council also has representation on a number of external organisations and committees being:

  • Bushfire Management Committee  - Councillor Member - Councillor Vanessa Keenan
  • Murray Darling Association - Councillor Member – Councillor Paul Funnell
  • NSW Public Libraries Association – Councillor Members – Councillors Dallas Tout and Dan Hayes
  • Riverina Conservatorium of Music - Councillor Member  - Councillor Yvonne Braid
  • Riverina Regional Library Advisory Committee – Councillor Members: Councillors Dallas Tout, Dan Hayes, Rod Kendall and Yvonne Braid, Alternate Councillor Member -  Councillor Vanessa Keenan and the General Manager
  • Rural Fire Service Zone Agreement Management Committee – Councillor  member – Councillor Tim Koschel
  • Wagga Wagga Tidy Towns – The Mayor

Miscellaneous membership by constitution, resolution or agreement

Further, the Council is also represented on the following committees and bodies, by the Mayor and/or General Manager, by constitution, resolution or agreement:

  • Country Mayor’s Association  - The Mayor and General Manager
  • Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils – The Mayor and General Manager
  • NSW Inland Forum  - The Mayor and General Manager
  • Riverina Regional Cities – The Mayor and General Manager
  • Wagga Wagga City Council /Crown Lands Working Party – The Mayor and General Manager
  • Regional Capitals Australia – The Mayor and General Manager
  • Australian Rural Road Group – The General Manager
  • Evocities – The Mayor