Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group urges you to en­sure you are en­rolled to vote in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion be­fore the Septem­ber 1 dead­line.

It’s the only way to have a say in the fu­ture of your neigh­bour­hood.

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

LO­CAL gov­ern­ment coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of elec­tors, ratepay­ers and res­i­dents in de­vel­op­ing pol­icy and de­liv­er­ing ser­vices while chief ex­ec­u­tives carry out day-to-day roles.

The WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion has re­leased its 2017 we­bi­nar for potential can­di­dates that out­lines the roles within a coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lors make de­ci­sions to di­rect the op­er­a­tional work and re­alise goals that are set out in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan.

How­ever, some coun­cil de­ci­sions are del­e­gated to the chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Elected mem­bers pro­vide lead­er­ship and guid­ance to the com­mu­nity, fa­cil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the com­mu­nity and the coun­cil and par­tic­i­pate in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process at com­mit­tee and coun­cil meet­ings.

Chief ex­ec­u­tives give coun­cil­lors ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion to en­sure the lo­cal gov­ern­ment com­plies with rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion, and em­ploy and man­age coun­cil staff.

Most may­ors are elected by the peo­ple but some are elected by their coun­cil.

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