Council committees

Standing committees

Council has four Standing Committees:

  • Commercial Services Committee introduces, evaluates and reviews commercial dealings and operations of Council, with the aim of providing supplementary revenue to assist Council in its service delivery to the community.
  • Environmental and Sustainability Committee considers strategic and regulatory land use and planning matters.
  • Facilities Committee provides strategic input to facilitate and construct major community facilities.
  • Finance Committee considers strategic financial matters including Council’s annual budget.

The above Committees have no delegated authority and minutes are confirmed by the elected Council.

Reference groups

Council's one Reference Group involves community participation:

  • Access Reference Group identifies major access needs for various disability groups and makes recommendations to Council to resolve identified issues in priority order. 

Ward committees

Ballina Shire is divided into three Wards. Each Ward is represented by a Ward Committee which provides Council with feedback and policy advice on matters referred to them by Council and/or raised by members. Ward committees have no delegated authority.

Ward Committee membership is open to not-for-profit community groups, with eligible groups having one representative on a committee. Groups can apply for representation (form below). Applications are considered at the next Ordinary Council meeting.

A Ward Committee

meets on odd numbered months on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4.00 pm at the Council Chambers

  • Tuesday 10 March 2020
  • Tuesday 12 May 2020
  • Tuesday 14 July 2020
  • Tuesday 8 September 2020
  • Tuesday 10 November 2020

B Ward Committee

meets on odd numbered months on the 3rd Monday of the month at 4.30 pm at the Council Chambers

  • Monday 16 March 2020
  • Monday 18 May 2020
  • Monday 20 July 2020
  • Monday 21 September 2020
  • Monday 16 November 2020

C Ward Committee

meets on odd numbered months on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5.00 pm at Crawford House, Alstonville

  • Thursday 12 March 2020
  • Thursday 14 May 2020
  • Thursday 9 July 2020
  • Thursday 10 September 2020
  • Thursday 12 November 2020

Other committees

  • Conduct Review Panel meets when required to consider Code of Conduct complaints.
  • Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee provides information to Council for the purpose of improving the Council’s performance of its functions. The Committee aims to keep under review Council operations, such as compliance, risk management, fraud control, financial management and governance. The Committee also reviews the implementation of the strategic plan, delivery program and strategies including service reviews, collection of performance measurement data by council and any other matters prescribed by the
    regulations. The Committee consists of two councillors and three community representatives. Staff attend meetings as required.
  • Local Traffic Committee is a requirement of Council’s statutory obligations as delegated by the Roads and Maritime Services in respect to the Roads Act 1993. The role of the Committee is to consider the technical aspects of any proposal and make recommendations to the Council. Membership includes Council's Civil Services Division, Roads & Maritime Services, NSW Police and the local State Member. Meetings are held 10am on the second Wednesday of every second month (dependent on sufficient agenda items). 
  • Public Art Advisory Committee provides guidance on the implementation of the Council’s Public Art Policy. Membership includes of two councillors and a representative from Arts Northern Rivers.
  • Port Ballina Taskforce aim to improve the overall marine infrastructure and marine environment for Ballina through promotion and lobbying. Membership includes the Mayor, four councillors, representatives from the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Ballina Fishermen's Co-operative, the State Department of Premier and Cabinet, and community representatives. 

Delegates to other organisations and Rous County Council

  • Alstonville/Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce: Three C Ward Councillors, the Mayor and Cr Sharon Cadwallader.
  • Arts Northern Rivers: Cr Sharon Parry with Lee Mathers as alternate delegate.
  • Ballina and District Chamber of Commerce: Three A Ward Councillors, the Mayor and Cr Sharon Cadwallader.
  • Ballina Naval Museum: Cr Sharon Cadwallader and Cr Jeff Johnston.
  • Cape Byron Marine Park (Auhority) Advisory Committee: Cr Keith Williams.
  • Country Mayors' Association: Mayor and General Manager.
  • Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP): Cr David Wright (Mayor), Cr Eoin Johnston (Deputy Mayor) with Cr Sharon Cadwallader and Cr Keith Williams as alternate delegates.
  • Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce: Three B Ward Councillors and the Mayor.
  • NRJO (Northern Rivers Joint Organisation): Cr David Wright with Cr Eoin Johnston (Deputy Mayor) as alternate delegate.
  • Richmond-Tweed Regional Library Committee: Cr Nathan Willis, Cr Sharon Cadwallader with Cr Eoin Johnston as alternate delegate.
  • Rural Fire Service Management Committee: Cr Sharon Cadwallader
  • Rous County Council: Cr Keith Williams and Cr Sharon Cadwallader. This is for the full Council term ending September 2020.

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