Council meet to consider information, reports and recommendations from the Administration in order to set budgets and arrive at decisions on strategies and policies to benefit the community.
The community are able to participate in Ordinary Council meetings through presentations, deputations, petitions and questions from the public gallery.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7pm in the Walkerville Civic Centre Council Chambers, 66 Walkerville Terrace Gilberton. When Council meeting dates coincided with a Monday public holiday, the meeting will be held on the Tuesday of that week.
Membership consists of the Mayor and all Councillors; the Council elects a Deputy Mayor.
Committees established under the Local Government Act 1999
The Local Government Act 1999 allows Council to establish committees in order to help them in the performance of their functions, to enquire and report on matters within the ambit of Council’s responsibilities and to provide advice to Council.
All of the Committees are required to operate within their own Terms of Reference and are required to make recommendations to Council. The recommendations will only take effect when adopted by Council.
Council’s Audit Committee comprises two Elected Members and three Independent Members. The Committee meet to evaluate and provide advice to Council on ways to improve the effectiveness of Council’s:
- Financial management
- Risk management
- Internal and external audit
- Internal controls.
The Committee also presented recommendations to Council on the annual budget and business plan and Council policies.
In accordance with its Terms of Reference the Audit Committee meet at least 4 times in the financial reporting cycle.
Chief Executive Officer’s Performance Review Committee
The Chief Executive Officer’ Performance Review Committee comprises four Elected Members. They meet to review and make recommendations to Council in relation to the performance of the Chief Executive Officer.
Meetings of the Chief Executive Officer’s Performance Review Committee are held in May and November of each year and as required by the Committee.
Women of Walkerville Foundation Committee
The Women of Walkerville Foundation Committee consists of the female Elected Members and members of the community.
In accordance with its Terms of Reference the role of the Committee is to ensure
- Enhance quality of life and facilitate activities with organisations that advocate for residents of Walkerville
- Ensure that its activities broadly reflect the aspirations and intentions of 2016 – 2020 Living Walkerville: wellbeing for every age and stage.
Meetings of the Women of Walkerville Foundation Committee are held at least four times per financial year.
Council Assessment Panel (CAP)
The Council Assessment Panel is established in accordance with the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. CAP membership consists of four Independent Members and one Elected Member.
The CAP met to consider and make decisions on certain development applications submitted to Council. Decisions made by the CAP are not subject to review by Council. Rather, appeals may be heard by the Environment, Resources and Development Court.
The CAP met on the second Monday of each month.
Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee
The Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee was established in accordance with section 101 of the Development Act 1993. The role of the Committee is to provide advice to Council on strategic planning and policy positions to ensure:
- orderly and efficient development within the Council area
- high-levels of integration of transport and land-use planning
- relevant targets set out in the planning strategy within the Council area
- the implementation of affordable housing policies set out in the planning strategy within the Council area
- other outcomes assigned to the Committee by the Council.
Meetings of the Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee are held on an as need bases determined by Council Administration.
Walkerville and Prospect Building Fire Safety Committee
The Walkerville and Prospect Building Fire Safety Committee was established pursuant to section 71 of the Development Act 1993. The role of the Committee is to to identify and take action in relation to insufficiencies in fire safety.
Relevant buildings are identified, inspected and considered with regard to the fire safety objectives and performance criteria of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Where necessary, the BFSC communicate with building owners to ensure compliance with the BCA is obtained. Where required, the BFSC may serve notices requiring work to be undertaken or, if there is a risk to life safety, to evacuate the building or part thereof.
Meetings of the Committee are held every third month.
Advisory Committees provide particular expertise and advice to help the Council make its decisions, or help engage community resources and opinion.
Their decisions or recommendations have no legal standing unless they are adopted by the Council at a formal meeting.
Wesleyan Cemetery Advisory Committee
The Wesleyan Cemetery Advisory Committee membership consists of 2 Elected Member and 6 community members.
The Committee’s role was to:
* promote and encourage the enjoyment and appreciation of the Walkerville Wesleyan Cemetery
* identify opportunities for the enhancement of the site
* assist in the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the grounds in a planned and respectful manner.
In accordance with its Terms of Reference the Advisory Committee met four times during the financial year.
Waste Advisory Group
The Waste Advisory Group provide advice to Council on:
- the direction and development of waste policy
- key reforms to encourage the use of waste derived materials
- key reforms to encourage the community to reduce waste to landfill.
- how to increase food and green organics diversion from general waste collections.
The Waste Advisory Group membership consists of two Elected Members and three member of the community.
The Waste Advisory Group will meet a minimum of four times per year in accordance with their Terms of Reference.
Members of the public are welcome to attend Council and Committee meetings.
To assist the community, the ordinary Council Meeting agenda provides for members of the gallery to ask questions of Council through the Presiding Member, subject to Council's Public Question Time policy.
Council agendas are available for public viewing on the Council website and at the Civic and Community Centre 66 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton, SA 5081 at least three clear days before the meeting date.
Meetings are held at the Council Chambers, 66 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton, SA 5081.
For more information contact the Council on telephone 8342 7100.