About Us


MOREE PLAINS SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

Vision

Moree Plains Shire is a strong, robust community that provides a relaxed, healthy, harmoniou
s lifestyle with an economy that supports the local region and preserves the important environmental qualities of our area.

Mission

Moree Plains Shire Council's mission is to lead the way in fostering a healthy, positive and well-resourced community.

    

Moree Council was incorporated in 1890 with nine (9) elected representatives. Boomi and Boolooroo Shires were incorporated in 1906. All three Councils were amalgamated in 1981 to form the Moree Plains Shire Council with twelve (12) Councillors. In 2012 the number of Councillors was reduced to nine (9).
 

The role of the Council is to provide corporate governance at the local level that meets both the requirements of State legislation and exercises strategic leadership and direction for the Council's role in the community.


The Charter of Council

 

Section 8 of the Local Government Act 1993 provides the Charter for Council. This Charter includes:

  • acting consistently and without bias in the excise of regulatory functions
  • keeping the local community and the State of government informed of activities
  • accounting for the management of the public assets for which Council is responsible
  • being a responsible employer
  • properly managing, developing, protecting, restoring, enhancing and conserving the environment.


Mayor and Councillors

 

Sections 226 and 232 of the Local Government Act 1993 outline the responsibilities of Council's elected representatives as members of the governing body of Council. These responsibilities include:

  • exercising, in case of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the Council between meetings of the Council (Mayor)
  • exercising such other functions of the Council as the Council determines (Mayor)
  • directing and controlling the affairs of the Council in accordance with the Act
  • participating in the optimum allocation of the Council's resources for the benefit of the area
  • playing a key role in the creation and review of the Council's policies and objectives and criteria relating to the exercise of the Council's regulatory functions
  • reviewing  the performance of the Council and its delivery of services, and the management plans and revenue policies of the Council
  • representing the interests of the residents and ratepayers
  • providing leadership and guidance to the community
  • facilitating communication between the community and the Council.


Meetings and Decision Making

Council's committee system permits its Councillors to focus on specific issues and to allocate sufficient time for debate, discussion and effective decision making, with all Council meeting proceedings being recorded. This policy is an important factor in evidencing the transparency of Council's decision making.

General Manager

 

Section 335 of the Act outlines the responsibilities of the General Manager. These responsibilities include:

  • managing the day-to-day operations of the organisation
  • exercising such functions as are delegated by Council
  • appointing staff in accordance with organisational structure and resources
  • directing and dismissing staff
  • implementing Council's equal employment opportunity plan.