Extraordinary Council Meeting
24 May 2016
Subject:†††††††† Administrator's Minute: Establishing a Key Advisory Committee Framework For Inner West Council †
File Ref:†††††††† 16/4718/58010.16 ††††††††
From Richard Pearson, Administrator †
It is RECOMMENDED that the Administrator:
1.†††††† approve the establishment of the Inner West Council Implementation Advisory Group (IAG);
2.†††††† approve the membership of the IAG to be the immediate former Mayors and Deputy Mayors of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils;
3.†††††† note the draft terms of reference of the IAG at ATTACHMENT 1 which are to be finalised at the first meeting of the IAG; and
4.†††††† finalise establishment of the Inner West Council Local Representation Committee (LRC) following the councillor expression of interest process at the next meeting of Council.
With my appointment by the State Government as administrator of the new Inner West Council on 12 May 2016, the existing councils of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville were abolished and the existing mayors and councillors ceased to hold office.†
While my appointment is for a period of 16 months until council elections in September 2017, it is essential that during this period I am able to achieve a strong level of representation of the interests of the 185,000 people in the new council area. I am also very keen to obtain input from former mayors and councillors in implementation of the new council.
Following discussions with the mayors and deputy mayors of the former councils, I am now proposing the establishment of two key advisory committees for the new council.
In order to ensure continuing high levels of representation of the interests of the inner west community, I am proposing the establishment of two key advisory committees to advise me during my term as Administrator.
The first is the establishment of an Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) which will be a critical body in providing advice in implementing the new Inner West Council. This group will be comprised of former mayors and deputy mayors of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville and will be chaired by one of its members. Additional former councillor members could be included on recommendation of the Chair. The IAG will provide advice to me on implementing the new council including:
∑††† input into preparation of the Inner West Council Implementation Plan;
∑††† assisting to monitor delivery of the Implementation Plan; and
∑††† input to development of policies and strategies of the new council.
Draft terms of reference for the Inner West Implementation Advisory Group are contained at ATTACHMENT 1.
I am also proposing the establishment of a Local Representation Committee (LRC), or committees, which will be comprised of former councillors who express interest and can demonstrate a commitment to the success of the Inner West Council. This expression of interest process is currently underway and will be finalised shortly. The LRC will provide advice to me on local/ward views and issues including:
∑††† providing input to Councilís operational plan;
∑††† advising on the communication and engagement plan for the community;
∑††† providing input to the new Councilís Statement of Visions and Priorities; and
∑††† assisting to engage communities and partners in planning for the new Council.
The number and configuration of LRC committees to be established will be determined following the expression of interest process.
Draft terms of reference for the Inner West Council Local Representation Committee are contained at ATTACHMENT 2.
Draft Terms of Reference - Inner West Implementation Advisory Group
Draft Terms of Reference - Inner West Council Local Representation Committee