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Meet Your Councillors

*Biography coming soon
Deputy Mayor Rogers is passionate about his community and wants to work towards improving identified issues – seeing a positive change now, not later. As a Councillor, he is driven to see resources available on the mainland available for island residents, and advance projects to completion. As Deputy Mayor, he is thriving to create a community where the children are safe and thriving, and the community is happy.
Councillor Thomas is passionate about being a voice and leader for the people of Mornington Island. She is working to make sure there are fairness and equity for all who call Mornington home and encourages residents to see her and use her as their voice. It is Cr Thomas’ vision that one day the community will be run by its own people.
Councillor Barnes’ drive to stand for election was born from being raised with a sense of responsibility to service, especially to family and community. With an endless passion for Mornington Island, his service to the community is undertaken out of gratitude, love, and respect for the community that helped him raise and support his family. He aims to improve community life with a vision of increased local employment, safety, self-sufficiency, and pride in place and in people.
*Biography coming soon

The Role of the Council

The fundamental role of each councilor is to represent the current and future interests of the residents of Mornington Shire local government area.

All councilors, including the mayor, have the same responsibilities, but the mayor has some additional responsibilities (section 12, LGA). The  responsibilities of councilors include:

  • ensuring the local government discharges its responsibilities under the LGA, achieves its corporate plan, and complies with all applicable laws
  • providing high-quality leadership to the local government and the community
  • participating in local government meetings, policy development, and decision making for the benefit of the local government area
  • being accountable to the community for the local government’s performance.

All councilors, including the mayor, have the same responsibilities, but the mayor has some additional responsibilities (section 12, LGA). The  responsibilities of councilors include:

  • ensuring the local government discharges its responsibilities under the LGA, achieves its corporate plan, and complies with all applicable laws
  • providing high-quality leadership to the local government and the community
  • participating in local government meetings, policy development, and decision making for the benefit of the local government area
  • being accountable to the community for the local government’s performance.

The Role of the Mayor

In addition to the responsibilities of all councilors, the mayor has responsibilities of:

  • leading and managing meetings as chairperson, including managing the conduct of participants at the meetings
  • leading, managing, and providing strategic direction to the CEO to achieve the high-quality administration of the local government
  • directing the CEO in accordance with a resolution, or a document adopted by resolution, of the local government
  • conducting a performance appraisal of the CEO at least annually, in the way decided by the local government
  • ensuring the Minister promptly receives requested information from the local government
  • being a member of each local government standing committee
  • representing the local government at ceremonial or civic events.

You can read more about the Council’s role and their responsibilities under the Local Government Act (2009)

Please follow the below links for all other Councillor Policies, Disclosures and Codes of Conduct:

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