Naracoorte Lucindale Council has 11 Elected Members, comprising the Mayor and 10 Councillors.
The Mayor is elected by all voters in our Council area. The Mayor presides over all Council meetings and is the official spokesperson for Council.
All Council members have been elected by the community to represent your interests. Like you, they are residents or ratepayers and share your concerns about quality of life and the provision of services and facilities.
Council meetings are held in the Council Chamber, DeGaris Place, Naracoorte usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5.00pm.
Agendas, reports and minutes for all meetings are available at the Council Offices to view or on the website.
Decisions made at a council meeting give direction to the CEO and are implemented by staff.
Meetings also allow the Mayor and Elected Members to determine Council's policy direction and make decisions on other statutory matters.
Council is a corporate body and can only make decisions by resolution. This means a motion must be put to a properly convened meeting and can only be passed by a majority vote.
With the exception of the Mayor, who chairs the meeting, all members present at a Council meeting vote on every motion put to the meeting. The Mayor has a casting vote only if the voting is tied.
Council also has committees which assist the council in the performance of its functions, click below for more information on each committee:
Meetings Open to the Public
Generally all meetings of Council and its Committees are open to the public.
There are occasions, however, where the Council or a Committee may resolve that the meeting be closed so that an item can be considered in confidence. The public is required to leave the meeting for the duration of that particular discussion.
Items for which the meeting may be closed are governed by section 90 of the Local Government Act, for example personnel or legal issues, personal hardship of a person, industrial or contractual matters or property or commercial transactions in which the Council has an interest.
Listed below are some of the ways the community can be involved in decision-making processes.
Council’s Code of Practice for Council and Committee Meeting Procedures sets out how members of the public may present their views on particular issues to Elected Members at a Council meeting. A short summary is provided below:
Up to 15 minutes is scheduled at the commencement of each ordinary meeting for members of the public to ask questions of Council or the Committee.
Questions to Council must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer no later than 2 hours prior to the meeting at which the question will be asked. Questions can be delivered to DeGaris Place, Naracoorte, posted to PO Box 555, Naracoorte SA 5271 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petitions are one way in which members of the community may advise Council of their particular concerns regarding a specific issue or make requests of, and provide information to, Council.
A petition is a formally drawn up request to Council seeking action or special consideration of a particular matter, which is signed by more than two (2) residents/members of the public.
Petitions should be submitted by the close of business 7 days prior to the scheduled Meeting.
Section 10 – Petitions and Section 11 - Deputations of the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 prescribes how a petition and deputation can be made.
Deputations or Presentations to Council
A person, group of people, or an organisation seeking to appear before a Council or Committee, as a deputation, must provide a written request to the Council, addressed to the Chief Executive at the principal office of the Council, indicating the topic and reasons why the deputation wishes to appear. A request to make a deputation must be received by Council, no later than 7 days prior to the meeting at which the deputation is to appear.
A member of the public can write to Council on any council policy, activity or service. As a result, Council may invite the community member to provide further comment on points raised in the letter.
Members of the public can contact Elected Members of the Council to discuss items relevant to Council. Contact names and phone numbers are available from Council offices or by clicking here.
Council’s Public Consultation and Community Engagement policy sets out how Council will engage with the community in its decision making processes. To find out more about community consultation click here.