Meet our Council Members


Doug Barden

0429 875 390

Deputy Mayor and North Ward Councillor

Mathew Salter

0408 093 838

Central Ward Councillor

Andrew Mackay

0447 058 877

Central Ward Councillor

Kevin Harlan

0429 552 467

North Ward Councillor

Rachael Wright

0455 660 002

South Ward Councillor

Emma Sharp

0429 270 227

South Ward Councillor

Mark Sidey

0407 007 558

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 Section 59 of the Local Government Act 2019, the role of the Mayor, or in their absence.

Role, Appointment and Term of Deputy Mayor


The Council is made up of seven Elected Members one of whom is the Mayor. They represent the residents from Litchfield's three electoral wards, Central, North and South. All are elected by the people during a general election held every four years.

Role of Principal Member (Mayor)

The role of the Principal Member of a council is:

  • To chair meetings of Council; and
  • To speak on behalf of Council as Council’s principal representative; and 
  • To liaise with the CEO about the performance of the Council’s CEO’s functions; and
  • To promote behaviour among the members of the Council that meets the standards set out in the code of conduct; and
  • To lead the Council to undertake regular review of the performance of the CEO.

Role of Deputy Principal (Mayor)

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

  • As per the Act, the deputy mayor is to carry out any of the Mayor’s functions when the Mayor either delegates the functions to the deputy or is absent from official duties because of illness or for some other reason. 

Role of Councillors

  • To represent the interests of all residents and ratepayers of Litchfield Council;
  • To provide leadership and guidance; and
  • To facilitate communication between the members of the Council’s constituency and the Council; and
  • To be properly informed to enable participation in the deliberations of the Council and its community activities; and
  • To ensure, as far as practicable, that Council acts honestly, efficiently, and appropriately in carrying out its statutory responsibilities; and
  • To ensure that Council resources are used prudently and solely in the public interest; and
  • To actively monitor the financial affair of the Council.


Code of Conduct

Under Sections 119 and Schedule 1 of the Local Government Act 2019, Elected Members of Council will be committed to conducting themselves in a way that demonstrates the highest ethical.

Code of Conduct for Elected Members »

From 1 July 2021, a person who believes that a council member has breached a council’s Code of Conduct may lodge a complaint with the Chief Executive Officer.

To lodge a complaint that a council member has breached the Code of Conduct, you must complete the approved complaint form and statutory declaration (below) verifying the allegations of fact made against the council member. A complaint must be made within 3 months after the date of the alleged breach.

Breach of Code of Conduct complaint form »


Pursuant to Part 7.2 Interests of the Local Government Act 2019, the following registers are required to be kept and maintained by the Chief Executive Officer and published on the Council website.

Annual Returns of Interest Register

An Annual return of interest is any interest a Council Member may have as specified by the Local Government (General) Regulations 2021.

Annual Returns of Interest Register »

Gifts and Benefits Register

Gifts and benefits are gifts Council Members may receive in the course of their duties as per Council’s policy EM07 CEO and Council Member Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality.

Gifts and Benefits Register »

Disclosure of Interest Register

A conflict of interest occurs when a Council Members personal interests could compromise their judgement or decisions in the course of their duties. Council Members are required to disclose their interest as per Section 115 of the Local Government Act 2019.

Disclosure of Interest Register »


In accordance with the Guideline 2A: Council member allowances, Litchfield Council will adopt the Ministerial guidelines for fees and allowances under the transitional arrangement as per Section 353 of the Local Government Act 2019.

Council at its special meeting held 30 June 2021 resolved to:

Adopt the Ministerial guidelines for fees and allowances as per below.

Allowance TypeCouncillorDeputy MayorMayor
Annual Base Allowance$13,509.96$27,776.12$75,116.61
Annual Electoral Allowance$4,943.73$4,943.73$19,771.29
Extra Meeting Allowance$9,006.64     -    -
Annual Professional Allowance$3,753.17$3,753.17$3,753.17
Total Maximum Claimable$31,213.50$36,473.02$98,641.07

The total amount budgeted is $228,754.59

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.