Mayor and Councillors
Council is made up of 5 councillors, who are elected by, and represent their Ward within the Victoria Daly Regional Council region.
The five councillors elect one of their group to the role of Principal Member, more commonly known as Mayor.
They also elect a Deputy Mayor.
A map of the Council and Ward structure can be viewed here: VDRC Map
Roles and Codes
Councillors have a duty to provide leadership and guidance to all residents and ratepayers of the Council area. In summary, Councillors are responsible for:
- representing the interest of all residents and ratepayers of the Counci area
- facilitating communication between the members of the Council's constituency and the Council
- participating in the deliberations of the Council and its communties activities
- ensuring, as far as practicable. that the Council acts honestly, efficiently and appropriately in carrying out it statutory responsibilities
Councillors should attend as many Council and Local Authority meetings as possible in order to be able to facilitate communication between the Council's constituents and Council. A Councillor has the duty to act, at all times, in what he or she genuinly believes to be the best interest of the Council's constituency.
The mayor has the duties of a councillor with the added responsibility of operating the council, with roles including
- to chair meetings of the Council
- speaking on behalf of the Council as the Council's principal representative
- carrying out civic and ceremonial functions of the principal member
Councillors' Code of Conduct:
Council has a strong commitment to open, accountable and ethical government. The conduct and performance of councillors, as outlined in the Local Government Act, sets out behaviours and responsibilities for councillors. The key ethics principles outlined in the Act reflect the unique nature of councillors' responsibilities within the context of local government. The ethics principles are:
- integrity of local government
- primacy of the public interest
- independence of action
- appropriate use of information
- transparency and scrutiny
- appropriate use of entitlements
- represent the interest of all residents and rate-payers of the council area
- provide leadership and guidance
- facilitate communication between the members of the council ís constituency and the council
- participate in the deliberations of the council and its community activities; and
- ensure as far as practical, that the council acts honestly, efficiently and appropriately in carrying out its statutory obligations.
The code sets out the statutory, ethical and behavioural obligations by which councillors must abide. It outlines breaches and penalties under the Local Government Act, and describes how to make a complaint about a breach of the code. The Victoria Daly Regional Council adopted a Code of Conduct for its councillors as specified under the Act. The code can be viewed in the Goverance Policy section 1.1.03.
A Conflict of Interest register is kept which is available on the Public Registers page within the Governance section of this website.
Remuneration paid to elected members is set by Council within the guidelines provided by the Northern Territory Government and are not paid in advance (s71 the Act). The guidelines are available from the NTG website and are available for download below.
Note: The Council elected for 2015-16 to not accept the guidelines for that year and remain with the lower 2014-15 figures.
Local Authorities remuneration is set by Guideline 8 to the Local Government Act.