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Council Elections

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

Meet our Council Members



Maree Bredhauer

Mobile: 0437 517 709


About Mayor Bredhauer »

Deputy Mayor, Central Ward

Christine Simpson

Mobile: 0417 805 302


About Councillor Simpson »

Councillor, East Ward

Kirsty Sayers-Hunt

Moible: 0418 956 791


About Councillor Sayers-Hunt »


Councillor, South Ward

Doug Barden

Mobile: 0429 875 390


About Councillor Barden »

Councillor, North Ward

Mathew Salter

Mobile: 0408 093 838


About Councillor Salter »


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



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.

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 one-year.

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 

Code of Conduct for Elected Members »

A signed copy of the code of conduct is on display in Council Chambers.

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 »


In accordance with Section 71(3) of the Local Government Act, Litchfield Council will adopt the Ministerial guidelines for fees and allowances in 2019/2020 as per below.

Council at its meeting held 10 July 2019 resolved to:

Council to adopt the Ministerial guidelines for fees and allowances:

Allowance Type Councillor Deputy Mayor Mayor
Annual Base Allowance $13,442.75 $27,637.93 $74,742.90
Annual Electoral Allowance $4,919.13 $4,919.13 $19,672.93
Extra Meeting Allowance $8,961.83      -     -
Annual Professional Allowance $3,734.50 $3,734.50 $3,734.50
Total Maximum Claimable $31,058.21 $36,291.56 $98,150.33

The total amount budgeted is $227,604.00.

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.