What is the role of Council committees?

Kempsey Shire Council’s committees perform work that helps Council make well-informed decisions. Committees are able to investigate and consider matters in detail without the time constraints of ordinary Council meetings. 

There are two types of Council committees:

  • Standing committees discuss and explore policy directions and make recommendations to Council meetings. These committees are made up of Councillors only.
  • Community committees advise on specific services or facilities in the shire. These committees are made up of both Councillors and community members. 

Appointment of community members

When establishing a community committee, Council asks for expressions of interest from residents by advertising in the local press. Council then considers the applications and chooses suitably qualified community members. Membership ends when a Council’s term expires on the date of a general election.

Committee membership

Council committees

The Mayor, Councillor Liz Campbell, is an automatic member of all committees.

Australia Day Committee

  • Mayor Liz Campbell
  • Councillor Williams
  • Councillor Baxter
  • Councillor McGinn

Community Development and Support Expenditure Committee

  • Mayor Liz Campbell
  • Kempsey Macleay RSL Club
  • South West Rocks Country Club
  • Crescent Head Country Club
  • Kempsey Heights Bowling Club

General Manager’s Performance Review Panel

  • Mayor Liz Campbell
  • Councillor Williams 
  • Other Councillor (General Manager selected)

Local Traffic Committee

  • Mayor

Mayoral Community Fund Committee

  • All Councillors

Works Committee

  • All Councillors

External committees

Councillors are also involved in committees that are not run by Council.

Bush Fire Management and Zone Liaison Committee

  • Councillor Morris 
  • Councillor Saul (alternate delegate)

ClubGRANTS Committee

  • Mayor Liz Campbell
  • Councillor Williams 

Flood Plain Management Australia Committee

  • Mayor Liz Campbell
  • Councillor Morris (alternate delegate)

Melville Community Centre Management Committee

  • Councillor Hauville
  • Councillor Morris (alternate)

Mid North Coast Regional Arts Board

  • Councillor Baxter

North-East Zone Public Libraries NSW Committee

  • Councillor Morris

Sports Council

  • Councillor Williams
  • Councillor Shields

South West Rocks Sport and Recreation Association

  • Councillor Shields
  • Councillor Williams (alternate)

Committee policies

Committees must follow Council’s policies and procedures, maintain accurate records and be transparent in their dealings and decision making. Key policies are listed below.