Newly elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2020-2021

The election of Councillor Patrick Conolly to the position of Mayor of Hawkesbury for the 2020-2021 Mayoral Term took place at the Council Meeting on Tuesday, 22 September. It also saw Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett elected to the position of Deputy Mayor. The Mayoral Term will be one year with the next Mayoral Election to be in September 2021 following the Local Government Elections.

“I’d like to thank the Council for their confidence and support in electing me as the Mayor of Hawkesbury. We have a range of priorities to deliver, including the Local Environmental Plan, rolling out the Liveability funding, and a number of governance and risk issues to address,” Mayor Conolly said.

“During my term, my ambition is to work with the whole Council as the ratepayers expect us to, to benefit the community. I also aim to strengthen the partnerships that we have developed with the State and Federal Governments,” the Mayor said.

Council’s committee structures are based on four broad committee types – Committees of Council, Statutory Committees, Committees in which Council has a Financial Interest, and Other Committees.

The membership of the 28 committees was adopted on block at the Council Meeting.

Council’s committees relate direct to Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2017-2036, which forms the basis for key decisions about the Hawkesbury’s future.

The respective Councillors are appointed to the following committees:

Committee

Function

Councillor Representation

Current Councillor Representatives

a) Committees of Council

Human Services Advisory Committee

To provide advice and recommendations for the co-ordination of community and social planning for the City of Hawkesbury and to provide a mechanism for the discussion of social issues.

Four Councillors

Clr Calvert

Clr Garrow

Clr Richards

Clr Ross

Hawkesbury Civic and Citizenship Committee

To consider and determine nominations for recipients of Australia Day Awards.

Three Councillors

Clr Conolly (Mayor)

Clr Richards

Clr Zamprogno

Waste Management Advisory Committee

Established to develop options for future waste management in the City of Hawkesbury

Four Councillors

Clr Lyons-Buckett (Deputy Mayor)

Clr Rasmussen

Clr Ross

Clr Wheeler

Hawkesbury Sustainability Advisory Committee

Established to provide a forum for community representatives, Councillors and Council officers to focus on sustainability issues and to ensure a coordinated approach to the development, implementation and evaluation of Council’s grant funded sustainability projects and other Council approved sustainability initiatives.

Three Councillors

Clr Kotlash

Clr Ross

Clr Wheeler

Heritage Advisory Committee

Provides advice to Council regarding heritage and related issues.

Three Councillors

Clr Reynolds

Clr Wheeler

Clr Zamprogno

Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee established to provide input in relation to floodplain management issues.

Five Councillors

Clr Lyons-Buckett (Deputy Mayor)

Clr Kotlash

Clr Rasmussen

Clr Reynolds

Clr Wheeler

General Manager’s Performance Review Panel

To review the performance of the General Manager

Mayor, two Councillors and one Councillor nominated by the General Manager, if he or she so chooses

Clr Calvert

Clr Conolly (Mayor)

Clr Rasmussen

Audit Committee

Provide independent assurance and assistance to Council on risk management, control, governance and external accountability responsibilities.

Two Councillors

One alternate Councillor

Clr Rasmussen

Clr Ross

Clr Conolly (Mayor) (alternate)

Hawkesbury Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Provide advice on strategies to eliminate barriers which may prevent residents and visitors from accessing services and facilities and participating in community and civic life.

Two Councillors

Clr Calvert

Clr Ross

Hawkesbury Tourism Advisory Committee

Established to support the implementation of the Hawkesbury Tourism Strategy.

Three Councillors

Clr Garrow

Clr Rasmussen

Clr Richards

Infrastructure Committee

To both lobby and influence other tiers of government and their agencies, as well as consider strategic positioning relating to infrastructure provision

Mayor (Chairperson)

Four Councillors

Clr Conolly (Mayor)

Clr Rasmussen

Clr Reynolds

Clr Ross

Clr Zamprogno

b) Statutory

Local Traffic Committee

Committee responsible for considering and recommending requests for alterations to traffic facilities and other traffic related matters.

One Councillor

Clr Reynolds

clubGrants Local Committee

To consider and rank applications received under the clubGrants Scheme.

Mayor

Clr Conolly (Mayor)

Greater Sydney Local Land Services Local Government Advisory Group

Committee established by NSW Government to co-ordinate catchment management

One Councillor

Clr Kotlash

Bush Fire Management Committee

Committee established under Rural Fires Act to provide advice and knowledge on bushfire management for the fire district

Current Councillor representation is The Mayor.

The regulations require the nomination of the Mayor or Councillor or Senior Staff representative. An alternate can be nominated.

Clr Conolly (Mayor)

Alternates (Deputy Mayor, General Manager, Director Infrastructure Services)

c) Where Council has a Financial Interest

CivicRisk West/CivicRisk Mutual

Self-insurance agency established by consortium of participating Councils.

One Councillor

Clr Rasmussen

McMahon’s Park Management Committee

Incorporated body with delegated responsibility for management and operation of McMahons Park.

One Councillor

One alternate Councillor

Clr Ross

Vacant (alternate)

Hawkesbury Sports Council

Incorporated body with delegated responsibility for management and operation of Council facilities.

In accordance with Council’s adopted Operational Plan and excluding Recreation and Open Space Strategy, Capital Works Program and Sporting field lighting.

One Councillor

One alternate Councillor

Clr Richards

Clr Garrow (alternate)

Western Sydney City Deal

A regional body comprising representatives of Commonwealth, State and Local Government established to implement the GSC Western District Plan and associated elements of the Western Sydney Deal.

Mayor

The Council General Manager

The Council Lead Officer

Clr Conolly (Mayor)

(Deputy Mayor – alternate)

General Manager

Director City Planning (alternate)

Peppercorn Services Inc.

Incorporated body with delegated responsibility for management and operation of Council auspiced community services (externally funded).

One Councillor

Clr Garrow

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

Regional Body established to co-ordinate lobbying for Western Sydney

Two Councillors

One alternate Councillor

Clr Calvert

Clr Zamprogno

Clr Wheeler (alternate)

Hawkesbury River County Council

Statutory Body responsible for management of noxious weeds.

Two Councillors

Clr Kotlash

Clr Zamprogno

Hawkesbury Sister City Association

Incorporated Body responsible for coordinating Sister City activities.

Two Councillors

Clr Ross

Clr Rasmussen (alternate)

Clr Wheeler (alternate)

d) Other Committees

Forum on Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA)

To attend meetings and raise community concerns during the planning and construction of the Western Sydney Airport and inform Council of any issues relating to the airport development.

One Councillor

Clr Rasmussen

NSW Public Libraries

Established to represent and support the interests of NSW public libraries.

One Councillor

Clr Calvert

Western Sydney Academy of Sport

Regional Body established to co-ordinate lobbying for sports development in Western Sydney.

One Councillor (not compulsory)

Clr Ross

Clr Calvert

(alternate)

Council Budget Preparation Process

To attend the annual Council budget preparation process meetings.

One Councillor

(Council previously also appointed an additional Councillor)

Clr Conolly (Mayor)

Clr Ross

Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Advisory Committee

To advise on matters relating to the protection, conservation, presentation and management of the Greater Blue Mountains Area, including strategic policies about Australia’s obligations under the World Heritage Convention.

One Councillor

Clr Kotlash

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