Role of the Mayor
As defined by the Local Government Act 2020, the functions of the Mayor of a Council include:
- chair Council meetings
- be the principal spokesperson for the Council
- lead engagement with the municipal community on the development of the Council Plan
- report to the municipal community, at least once each year, on the implementation of the Council Plan
- promote behaviour among Councillors that meets the standards of conduct set out in the Councillor Code of Conduct
- assist Councillors to understand their role
- take a leadership role in ensuring the regular review of the performance of the Chief Executive Officer
- provide advice to the Chief Executive Officer when the Chief Executive Officer is setting the agenda for Council meetings
- perform civic and ceremonial duties on behalf of the Council.
Role of Councillors
The role of a Councillor, is also defined by the Local Government Act 2020, as being to:
In performing the role of a Councillor, a Councillor must:
- consider the diversity of interests and needs of the municipal community
- acknowledge and support the role of the Mayor
- act lawfully and in accordance with the oath or affirmation of office
- act in accordance with the standards of conduct
- support the role of the Council
- comply with Council procedures required for good governance.
Maribyrnong City Council supports its community making contact with Councillors to discuss matters of interest or concern. However, Council takes a firm stance of no tolerance towards any abusive or defamatory communication with Councillors.
If a member of the public communicates with Councillors in an inappropriate way, Council will contact the relevant authorities.