Decision making

How do Councillors inform themselves prior to making decisions?

  • Communication between councillors, council staff and community occurs through a variety of channels and is governed by a number of pieces of legislation.
  • Decision-making occurs at many levels within Council and is supported by various forums comprised of councillors, staff, community members and/or independent specialists.
  • Councillors must interact with the public, council staff, elected representatives, and access council records in order to make informed decisions.
  • Informed and effective decision making demonstrates to the community and other stakeholders that Council is operating with transparency, probity, and in the best interests of all concerned.
  • Effective and efficient communication is required for good governance and positive decision making.

Council's Communication Policy and Protocol outlines how Councillors inform themselves prior to making decisions.

Council reports are included in the agenda of meetings and contain detailed and considered information.

Advisory committees

Advisory committees

One way in which source information we need is via advisory committees or working groups. An advisory committee: ...

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Community engagement

Community engagement

Finding out what community members and other key stakeholders think about a particular issue is an important part...

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Councillor workshops

Councillor workshops

Councillor workshops are not a legislated requirement for the operation of Council, but are considered an important resource...

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Meeting reports

Meeting reports

A Council Report provides Councillors with advice and information to assist them in making a decision. Council reports: ...

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Public input into council decisions

Public input into council decisions

We want to have the community to be part of our planning from the start!

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