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Elected Members

Council Elections

The declared results of the last election can be found on the links below:

The next General Election of Council will be Saturday 26 August 2017.

Meet our Council Members

 

Mayor

Maree Bredhauer

Mobile: 0437 517 709

Email: maree.bredhauer@litchfield.nt.gov.au

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Deputy Mayor / Councillor, North Ward

Letchimi Wright

Mobile: 0418 443 947
Email: letchimi.wright@litchfield.nt.gov.au

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Councillor, Central Ward

Christine Osborn

Mobile: 0417 805 302
Email: christine.osborn@litchfield.nt.gov.au

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Councillor, East Ward

Kirsty Hunt

Moible: 0418 956 791

email: kirsty.hunt@litchfield.nt.gov.au

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Councillor, South Ward

Doug Barden

Mobile: 0429 875 390
Email: doug.barden@litchfield.nt.gov.au

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Role of members

The role of a member of a council is:

  • to represent the interests of all residents and ratepayers of the council area; and
  • to provide leadership and guidance; and
  • to facilitate communication between the member of the council's constituency and the council; and
  • to participate in the deliberations of the council and its community activities; and
  • to ensure, as far as practicable, that the council acts honestly, efficiently and appropriately in carrying out its statutory responsibilities.

However, a member of the council has no power to direct or control staff, or to interfere with the management of staff.

A member of the council has a duty to act, at all times, in what the members genuinely believes to be the best interests of the council's constituency.

Pursuant to S43 of the Local Government Act, the role of the Mayor, or in their absence 

Role, Appointment and Term of Deputy Mayor

Cr Wright - Deputy Mayor - 22 March 2017 to 1 August 2017

Councillors

The Council is made up of five Elected Members one of whom is the Mayor. They represent the residents from Litchfield's four electoral wards. All are elected by the people. General elections are held every four years, the next one due 2016.

Role of principal member (Mayor)

The role of the principal member of a council is:

  • to chair meetings of the council; and
  • to speak on behalf of the council as the council's principal representative; and
  • to carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the principal member.

Role of Deputy Principal (Mayor)

The role of the Deputy Mayor is in the absence of the principal (Mayor) to:

  • to chair meetings of council;
  • to speak on behalf of council as the council's principal representative; and
  • to carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the principal member.

Note: The Deputy Mayor shall be appointmented for a period of four months 

Role of Councillors

Councillors have a number of different roles that must incorporate the interests of the whole Municipality and those of their constituents. They play a vital leadership role in creating and implementing their community's vision, strategic direction and values. 

 


 

Code of Conduct

Under sections 77 to 78 inclusive of the Local Government Act 2008 Elected Members of Council will be committed to conducting themselves in a way that demonstrates the highest ethical standards. 

Council Code of Conduct 2015 Council Code of Conduct 2015

Code of Conduct for Elected Members »
 

Registers of Members' Interest

Section 74 (2) of the Local Government Act 2011, requires the Chief Executive Officer to maintain a register of interests. Pursuant to Section 200 (g) following is a table that lists members' interests. 

Register of Members' Interest »

Reviewable Decisions

As per section 200(q) along with section 227(2) of the Act.

The following are designated by this Act as reviewable:

  1.  a decision by the council or a council committee to reject an application for correction of an entry in the assessment record (Section 154(6));
  2.  a regulatory order (Section 196);
  3.  a decision to refuse to suppress a person's name or address (or both) from publicly available material (Section 201(5)).

As part of council's good governance to ensure council decisions making is transparent and accountable some decisions made by council are reviewable. A reviewable decision is one that council, a council committee or local board will review if a community member brings to council's attention a substantial reason as to why the decision should be reviewed.

Each Elected Member has a duty to present the views of the electors, but must also try to take an overall approach to issues where necessary. In return, the Elected Member is the council representative to the electors and must advise them of council policy and explain the basis upon which such policy is decided.

Reviewable Decision Meeting Date Type
Nil      

Allowances 

In accordance with Section 71(3) of the Local Government Act, Litchfield Council will adopt the Ministerial guidelines for maximum fees and allowances in 2017/2018 as per below.

Council at its special meeting held 5th July 2017 resolved to:

Council to adopt the Ministerial guidelines for maximum fees and allowances:

Allowance Type Councillor Deputy Mayor Mayor
Annual Base Allowance $13,151.83 $2,7039.81 $73,125.37
Annual Electoral Allowance $4,812.67 $4,812.67 $19,247.18
Extra Meeting Allowance $4,767.88      -     -
Annual Professional Allowance $3,653.68 $3,653.68 $3,653.68
Total Maximum Claimable $30,386.06 $35,506.16 $96,026.23

The total amount budgeted is $222,691.00.

Base allowance covers those activities required of a Council member in the performance of his or her role as an elected representative.  Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, the base allowance covers:

  1. agenda study and meeting preparation;
  2. attendance at regular Council and committee meetings;
  3. attendance at social functions as a Council representative;
  4. constituency responsibilities; and
  5. Council representation outside the Municipality area, including delegations interstate and overseas, unless such representation has extra meeting approval.

Electoral Allowance is provided to assist Elected Members with electoral matters.  It may be used at the discretion of individual Elected Members. 

Extra Meeting Allowance shall be paid in accordance with Council Policy. This Extra Meeting Allowance is capped for each financial year pursuant to the Table of Maximum Allowances provided by the Minister for Local Government for the applicable financial year.

Professional Development Allowance is payable to Elected Members to attend approved conferences and training courses which sustain a member’s professional competence and able to comply with professional standards applicable to their role as a member of council.