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Councillors are elected by eligible residents and ratepayers within the community and hold office for four years. Ordinary elections of Councillors are held in September in every fourth year.
Councillors are accountable to the local community for the performance of the Council, and together the comprise the governing body of the Council.
Councillors comprise the governing body of a council in the same way that a Board of Directors is the governing body of a corporation. The Local Government Act 1993 prescribes the collective role of a Council's governing body as follows:
Councillors are individually accountable to the local community for the performance of the Council.
Under section 232 of the Local Government Act 1993, the role of a Councillor is to:
The Mayor is one of the nine Councillors and is elected, as Mayor, by the Council. The Mayor continues to have the role of a Councillor and, in addition, has the additional responsibilities set out in the Local Government Act 1993.
Under section 226 of the Local Government Act 1993, the role of the Mayor is to: