Now you're a councillor

Now you're a councillor

A site for women councillors in Victorian local government

Who’s on your team?

An effective councillor is one who can work effectively with everyone.

You can think of your overall team as a number of smaller overlapping teams with you as one of the key links, and each part of the team working differently together – there are councillors, council staff, and the community.  You’ll spend a lot of time in discussion with other councillors, as well as having your own views and priorities.  You may be able to consult with council staff as needed.  Working with your constituents requires a few different team efforts.

Helen Ballentine

Working with councillors

“Team work in local government…is not about individual success. You are not there to be a hero, a councillor needs to focus on building civil and co-operative working relationships…it’s persistence, optimism and courage which will make you a valued councillor…”

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A better deal for our town

'There were things I wanted to change and I wasn't the sort of person to step back and grumble. I thought that if things had to change I would stick my hand up and give it go.'

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Image of Mayor Jennifer Yang

Working with your community

“I walked the ward … to introduce myself as the new councillor to residents, and welcome their inputs and thoughts on what I could do to make our lives better. I help voice residents concerns to council…”

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