How the new Lismore council will vote for a Deputy Mayor
THE FIRST Lismore City Council meeting with the newly-elected council will happen tonight.
The first point of business is for councillors to vote on key positions such as the Deputy Mayor role.
The role was previously held by newly-elected mayor Isaac Smith.
How the deputy mayor election works:
1) If only one Councillor is nominated, that councillor is elected. If more than one Councillor is nominated, the council is to resolve whether the election is to proceed by preferential ballot, by ordinary ballot or by open voting.
2) The election is to be held at the Council meeting at which the Council resolves the method of voting.
3) In this clause: "ballot” has its normal meaning of secret ballot; "open voting' means voting by a show of hands or similar means. Previously this Council has determined that the election for Deputy Mayor would be by open voting.
4) Lismore City Council staff recommend the method of election for Deputy Mayor be by open voting.
Prior to any election, each candidate for the position of Deputy Mayor may give a short presentation outlining her/his reasons for standing, how s/he would operate as Deputy Mayor, what time commitment would be given and the skills s/he would have to offer. Each candidate may be asked questions from the floor about their candidacy.
Election Of Members To Rous County Council
Each member Council elects two Councillors who attend monthly Rous County Council meetings.
The three areas of responsibility for Rous County Council are for water management, construction and maintenance of flood mitigation infrastructure on or adjacent to the Wilson/Richmond River system and management of declared noxious weeds.
The NSW Minister for Local Government announced earlier this year that Rous Water, Far North Coast Weeds and Richmond River County Council would merge into one entity from 1 July 2016. The new merged entity is named Rous County Council. The merger will provide cash savings of approximately $130,000 and greater efficiencies in administration and reporting requirements.
Councillors will also have the opportunity to be elected on the following committees:
Lismore City Council Audit, Risk & Improvement Committee
District Bush Fire Management Committee
Joint Regional Planning Panel
Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Committee
Northern Rivers Joint Organisation (NOROC)
NSW Rural Fire Service Zone Liaison Committee
Arts Northern Rivers
Traffic Advisory Group
General Manager's Performance Review Committee
Lismore Business Panel
Lismore City Council Strategic Policy
NORPA Cultural Alliance Joint Steering Committee
Public Art Reference Group
Richmond Tweed Regional Library
Biodiversity Management Strategy Advisory Group