Mayor of the Town
Mayor Trevor Vaughan, who has held this position for the last 12 years, has recently announced his retirement – this means that your vote will help determine the Town’s new Mayor.
In the 25 years since the Towns establishment the Town has only had two mayors, J. A. Mick Lee and Trevor Vaughan. A mayoral election is held every four years and each Mayor is elected for a four year term.
What does the Mayor do?
The role of the Mayor as set out in the Local Government Act is to:
The Mayor or President —
- presides at meetings in accordance with this Act; and
- provides leadership and guidance to the community in the district; and
- carries out civic and ceremonial duties on behalf of the local government; and
- speaks on behalf of the local government; and
- performs such other functions as are given to the mayor or president by this Act or any other written law; and
- liaises with the CEO on the local government’s affairs and the performance of its functions.
The Mayor also has the following role, which the same as Councillors as outlined Local Government Act:
- Represents the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents of the district.
- Provides leadership and guidance to the community in the district.
- Facilitates communication between the community and the Council.
- Participates in the local government's decision-making processes at Council and Committee meetings.
- Performs such other functions as are given to a Councillor by the Act or any other written law.
The role of the Mayor can be categorised as:
- Presiding Member of Council;
- External relations;
- Media liaison and public relations;
- Supporting the community; and
- Civic and ceremonial.
The ‘Governance’ and ‘Presiding Member of Council’ functions of the Mayor are critical to good governance as they cover leadership of the Town and the community, and ensure that the decision-making processes are fair, equitable and inclusive. The Mayor has a pivotal role in both the pursuit and demonstration of good governance.
A very specific role that the Mayor has is in representing and advocating the decisions of the Council. Section 2.8(1)(d) of the Act provides that the Mayor speaks on behalf of the Town. The position of Mayor is pre-eminent and when the Mayor speaks they are considered by the community to be articulating the Council’s views.
The Mayor’s role of presiding at meetings of the Council is a very responsible one in achieving a balance of opinion and outcomes that demonstrates leadership by Council in the community. The most important aspect of the role is a good understanding of meeting procedures and a detailed knowledge of the requirements relating to the conduct of meetings.
As a community leader the Mayor represents the Town at civic and ceremonial functions including the role as “host” at the Town’s activities.
What is the Mayor paid?
The current remuneration of the Mayor is:
Annual fee: $30,841
Annual allowance: $62,727
ICT Allowance: $3,500
Total remuneration: $97,068
Who are the candidates for Mayor?
Once nominations have closed this section will be updated with candidate information.