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 an alderman. Councils 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.