Deputy Mayor of Unley

 

For the next twelve months, between January 17 and January 18, I have the privilege of being the Deputy Mayor of Unley as well as your local Councillor.

This position becomes available on an annual basis. The Elected Members of Council vote for this position and they elected me unopposed.

The Deputy Mayor has no designated responsibility or role in the Local Government Act. As we are running it, the Deputy Mayor of Unley deputises for the Mayor in the event he is unable to chair a meeting. Likewise the Deputy Mayor also deputises for the Mayor at civic and other functions.

This could be quite frequent because the Mayor is often double booked.

 

Councillor. Clarence Park Ward

My primary role in Council remains as one of two Councillors of the Clarence Park Ward.

This role, the role of a member of a council as stated in the Local Government Act is—

(a) as a member of the governing body of the council—

 (i) to participate in the deliberations and civic activities of the council;

 (ii) to keep the council’s objectives and policies under review to ensure

that they are appropriate and effective;

 (iii) to keep the council’s resource allocation, expenditure and activities,

and the efficiency and effectiveness of its service delivery, under

review;

 (b) as a person elected to the council—to represent the interests of residents and

ratepayers, to provide community leadership and guidance, and to facilitate

communication between the community and the council.

 

Local Government

Local Government is an important part of the Australian democratic framework. They are also the level of Government closest to the community, being the “grass roots”.

Councils are constituted by the State Government. They operate within the legal framework of the State Parliament’s  Local Government Act 1999. They operate also under a number of other Acts of the State Parliament.

 

Our relationship

It is important that your views on any given topic are heard. I therefore want to hear from you.  There are many ways you can do this by,

ringing me on 0414 820 773,

emailing me at dpalmer@unley.sa.gov.au, or

contacting the council and asking for them to pass a message on.

This web site via the blog page provides another opportunity.

To keep up with my observations about what is or is not happening in the Ward, and the City of Unley generally hop over to my blog page here. Then, if you have a comment please post it.

You can also visit my Facebook page and leave comments on there as well.