Decision Making Process

Getting input into the decision making process

The Councillors are your representatives at ordinary and special meetings of the council. Each Councillor has one vote at a meeting. A question arising at a meeting is determined by a simple majority of votes.

A ratepayer may write to the Mayor or any Councillor expressing their views and asking that a question be put to the next Council meeting. They may also put their views verbally to a Councillor. Council will advertise the details of public meetings on any issue of special interest to which the general public is invited.

A Council can also invite the public to attend community consultations on various submissions or surveys. In these ways every member of the community can actively participate through a consultative process in the workings of their local Council.