Now you're a councillor

Now you're a councillor

A site for women councillors in Victorian local government

Good governance the key …

Council strategy and finances require a lot of learning on the job.  And often is it land use planning issues which raise the most emotion in the community and are the most complex.

Acting in accordance with the rules of good governance may not provide all the answers, but will contribute to community respect for your role over time.  It is an effective way to explain your point of view.  Remember, keep asking questions until you understand…

Overview

Your council CEO and officers can give you useful advice, which you should consider as well as undertaking your own research. Start by getting a copy of your Council Plan, Municipal Public Health Plan (MPHP) and Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) . Read and understand them. Ask for a briefing…..

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Understanding land use planning

Councillors need to balance differing views in terms of net community benefit and sustainable development. These decisions need to be guided by state and local land use planning policies and provisions which set out the long term strategic directions for the municipality....

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A planner’s perspective

Balancing the emotions is always difficult … Debbie Tyson has worked in the Statutory Planning field for almost 15 years, starting out as a Planning

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A lesson in planning

When Councillor Ann Potter received an invitation to attend the opening of a large new children’s playground constructed by a property developer in a new subdivision, then got a call inviting her to see the playground being constructed - all was not as it seemed ...

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Learning about budgeting

Coming to grips with council finances … In many ways, the budget felt like our biggest responsibility when I first got elected, and really understanding

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Noelene Duff

Finances and the budget

Some early reading will give you a head start – browse through the front section (the descriptive section before the numbers) of the last annual report and budget documents for an overview of your council and how it supports your community....

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