Edward River Council is governed by nine elected Councillors.
Councillors are elected to represent the entire Edward River Council local government area, rather than individual wards or divisions.
The last Council election was held on Saturday, 9 September 2017 and conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission. The next Council election is scheduled to take place in September 2020.
Role of Councillors
Councillors have an important role in providing community leadership, vision and strategic direction and making policy decision on behalf of - and for the benefit of - the local community. As democratically elected representatives, Councillors are also advocates for the community. Their role is to:
- Be an active and contributing member of Edward River Council, the governing body of the Edward River Council local government area;
- Make considered and well-informed decisions as a member of Council;
- Participate in the development of Council's Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework, including the Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan;
- Represent collective interests of residents, ratepayers and the local community;
- Facilitate communication between Council and the local community; and
- Uphold and represent the policies and decisions of Council.
Under section 449 of the Local Government 1993 (NSW), all Councillors are required to complete and lodge with the General Manager, within three months of their election, a return disclosing his or her pecuniary interests, including information about property or share holdings, gifts received, debts owed, other sources of income, and positions held in a trade union or business or professional organisation.
For the purposes of the Act, a pecuniary interest is an interest involving a reasonable likelihood or expectation of appreciable financial gain or loss to a person. A person does not have a pecuniary interest in a matter if the interest is so remote or insignificant that it could not reasonably be regarded as likely to influence any decision the person might make in relation to the matter, or if the interest is of a kind not required to be disclosed under section 448 of the Act.
These returns are publicly available for inspection at Council’s Customer Service Centre at 180 Cressy Street, Deniliquin during ordinary business hours.
Further information about the disclosure and management of Councillors' pecuniary interests is available from the Office of Local Government website.
Councillor Expenditure Reports
Council adopted its Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy on 14 December 2017.
The policy outlines the expenses which will be met for, and the facilities which will be provided to, the Mayor and Councillors in exercising their civic duties.
Council resolved to publish Councillor Expenditure Reports every six months. Reports can be accessed below: