Advisory Committees and Panels

Advisory Committees

The membership of an Advisory Committee may consist only of Councillors, or Councillors and appointed members. The committee has the role of making recommendations to Council on specific matters following the consideration of a staff report at a meeting of the Advisory Committee.

The recommendations of the Advisory Committee are made to Council through the Minutes of the Advisory Committee meeting and considered at an Ordinary Meeting. The specific matters and areas of expertise for each Advisory Committee are determined by Council in the establishment of the Advisory Committee and in the adopted Constitution for the Advisory Committee.

An Advisory Committee is established for the term of Council.

Panels

A Panel is a group consisting of Councillors and specialist key stakeholders, with a particular interest in, or expertise in, the subject of the panel, which will assist Council in decision making relating to a particular matter. Panels do not have any executive power or authority to implement actions and all recommendations from these panels are reported to Council via a staff report for decision.

Panels are usually appointed for a four-year term in line with Council elections unless otherwise resolved by Council. 

Purpose

The objective of the Committee is to provide professional, independent advice and assistance to Council in assessing the organisation’s audit, compliance, risk and improvement performance.

The Committee assists the General Manager and Council to ensure Council maintains legal compliance and adheres to policy directions from the Office of Local Government. 

The primary functions of the Committee are to ensure that:

  1. Business and governance systems and procedures have been established by the Executive Team and are effectively implemented;
  2. Appropriate risks and exposures are identified and effectively managed;
  3. A culture of adherence to Council policies and procedures is promoted;
  4. Identify and implement performance improvement measures and functions;
  5. Statutory compliance and fraud control is promoted and monitored;
  6. The audit processes (both internal and external) are effective;
  7. The external reporting is objective and credible;
  8. Monitor and review the implementation of the strategic plan, delivery program and strategies; and 
  9. Service reviews are conducted. 

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Cameron
  • Cr Hunter
  • Cr Richardson

Community:

  • Michael Georghiou 
  • Rae Wills
  • Brian Wilkinson

Constitution

The constitution(PDF, 202KB) of this Committee is publicly available.


 


 

 

 

Date commenced: 22 February 2018

Objectives

The purpose of the Biodiversity Advisory Committee is:

  1. To assist Council in the development, implementation and review of relevant biodiversity  plans and policies such as: Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, Integrated Pest Management Plan, Flying Fox Management Plan, Koala Plan of Management, Feral Animal Management Plan.
  2. To identify and report opportunities or concerns regarding biodiversity  issues to Council including, but not limited too, funding opportunities, special events, government policy, practice or guidelines

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Coorey
  • Cr Martin
  • Cr Ndiaye

 

Meeting Schedule

  • 12 March 2018
  • 12 April 2018
  • 14 June 2018
  • 11 October 2018
  • 20 December 2018

 

 

 

 

Date commenced: 29 September 2016

Objectives

The purpose of the Byron Shire Floodplain Risk Management Committee is to oversee and advise Council on the preparation, implementation and review of Flood Studies and Floodplain Risk Management Studies as required.

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Hackett
  • Cr Hunter
  • Cr Lyon
  • Alternate Councillor - Cr Ndiaye

Community Members

  • Rebecca Brewin
  • Susan Skyvington
  • Steve Keefe
  • Duncan Dey
  • Matthew Lambourne
  • Robyn Bolden

Representatives from the Office of Environment and Heritage, State Emergency Service and Cape Byron Marine Parks also attend these meetings.

Meeting Dates

  • 14 March 2018
  • 31 May 2018
  • 13 September 2018
  • 1 November 2018


Date commenced: 29 September 2016

Purpose

The purpose of the Coastal estuary Catchment Panel is to advise Council on priorities and integration of the various Plans and Strategies impacting on the Coastal Estuary Catchments.

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Coorey
  • Cr Hackett
  • Cr Lyon

Community:

  • Mary Gardner
  • Matthew Lambourne
  • Tony Flick
  • Tim Hochgrebe
  • Duncan Dey

Meeting Dates

  • 15 March 2018
  • 3 May 2018
  • 27 September 2018
  • 29 November 2018

 

Date commenced: 29 September 2016

Purpose

The Committee is to facilitate strategic policy development on a range of communication issues concerning Byron Shire Council and to make recommendations to Council accordingly. The Committee will make recommendations to Council inclusive of the following objectives:

  • To communicate, educate and engage the community with an integrated and consistent approach.
  • To improve the access to information that clarifies Council’s policies, values and objectives to all stakeholders.
  • To investigate new and emerging technologies to enhance effective communication between Council and community.

The Committee does not have the power to direct staff but will make recommendations to Council.   

Membership

Councillor Representative(s):

  • Cr Coorey
  • Cr Martin
  • Cr Ndiaye

 

Meeting Dates

  • 13 February 2018
  • 29 March 2018
  • 28 June 2018


Date commenced: 31 March 2011

The Finance Advisory Committee was established by Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 16 December 2010 and Extraordinary Meeting of 6 January 2011.

The Finance Advisory Committee is an advisory Committee of the Council and does not have the executive power or authority to implement actions.

Purpose

The purpose of the Finance Advisory Committee is to:

  1. Assist in the development of draft budgets;

  2. Assist in the format of the Annual Report; and

  3. Consider other financial information and matters as they arise.

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Cameron
  • Cr Coorey
  • Cr Hunter
  • Cr Lyon
  • Cr Richardson
  • Cr Spooner

Meeting Dates

15 February 2018

17 May 2018

16 August 2018

15 November 2018

Date commenced: 29 September 2016

A panel is a group consisting of Councillors and specialist key stakeholders, with a particular interest in or expertise in the subject of the panel, which will assist Council in decision making relating to a particular matter. Panels do not have any executive power or authority to implement actions and all recommendations from these panels are reported to Council via a staff report for decision.

Panels are usually appointed for a four year term in line with Council elections unless otherwise resolved by Council.

Purpose

The purpose of the Heritage Panel is to provide support and advice to Council to assist its operations on heritage matters.

Actions of the Panel that can assist to achieve this includes:

  • Assisting Council in the development of policies and strategies including the preparation of a Heritage Strategy and the management of natural and cultural heritage generally in Byron Shire local government area.

  • Advising Council staff, the Heritage Adviser and the Council on matters relating to the ongoing implementation of the Heritage Strategy (once completed).

  • Assisting Council to procure and allocate funding assistance and to recommend projects for which funding should be sought in line with the Heritage Strategy (once completed).

  • Providing access to the general community to distribute information and for public input into heritage management, eg, to nominate additional properties for assessment of heritage significance.

  • Advising Council on a range of heritage-related matters which are of interest to the community, in particular, by providing expertise, local knowledge and guidance on heritage matters and in relation to heritage assessments.

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Cameron

  • Cr Hunter

  • Cr Martin

Historical Society Members:

  • Brunswick Valley/Mullumbimby Historical Society - Mr Chris Cooney 

  • Bangalow Historical Society - Mr Don Osborne

  • Byron Bay Historical Society - Mr Donald Maughan

1 representative each from:

  • the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal) - Sharon Sloane 

  • Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Council - Leweena Williams

  • Jali Aboriginal Land Council - Mr Mik Smith

Community Representatives:

  • Janet Kneale

  • Joe Vescio

  • Robyn Wright   

Meeting Dates

  • 29 March 2018
  • 28 June 2018
  • 30 August 2018

 

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Public Art Panel is:

  1. Advise Council on Public Art trends and issues and manage expectations of the Byron Shire community.
  2. Assist Council in meeting the objectives of the Public Art Policy.
  3. Devise a strategic Public Art Statement, which sets out a proactive approach to public art in the Byron Shire.
  4. Assess public art donation and loan proposals against the Public Art Guidelines and Criteria and provide recommendations to Council.
  5. Provide advice, if required, pertaining to Public Art in private developments as per the Development Control Plan for Public Art and the Public Art Strategy.    

View Public Art Panel Constitution(PDF, 292KB)

Membership

Members are selected because they have a broad base of experience and/or expertise in one or more of the following areas of public art:

  • Public art curation and/or practice
  • Landscape architecture
  • Architecture
  • Urban planning/ design
  • Interior design
  • Placemaking activities
  • Public art sector development
  • Public art policy

     

Councillor Representatives:

  • Cr Hackett
  • Cr Ndiaye

Community Representatives:

  • Matthew Baird
  • Robert Bleakley
  • Lisa Hochhauser
  • Julie Lipsett
  • Rick Molloy
  • Denise Napier
  • Kelly Reiffer
  • Sharon Sloane (Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Corporation Pty Ltd)
  • Peter Wood (Arts Northern Rivers)

Meeting Dates

  • 15 February 2018
  • 3 May 2018 (TBC)
  • 9 August 2018
  • 29 November 2018

Date commenced: 22 February 2018

Objectives

The purpose of the Sustainability and Emissions Reduction Advisory Committee is:

  1. To assist Council in the development, implementation and review of relevant sustainability and emissions reduction plans, policies and projects such as: Council’s 100% Emissions Reduction Strategy, renewable energy projects, local network trading and local network charges, carbon reporting, food security initiatives.
  2. To support our community’s drive towards zero emissions.
  3. To identify and report opportunities or concerns regarding sustainability and emission reduction  issues to Council including, but not limited too, funding opportunities, special events, government policy, practice or guidelines.

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Lyon
  • Cr Ndiaye
  • Cr Richardson

 

Meeting Schedule

  • 29 March 2018
  • 28 June 2018
  • 30 August 2018
  • 25 October 2018

 

 

 

Date established:2 November 2017

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr S Richardson
  • Cr A Hunter
  • Cr P Spooner

 

Meeting Schedule

  • 26 March 2018
  • 9 May 2018
  • 19 September 2018
  • 14 November 2018

 

 

 

 

Date commenced: 29 September 2016

Purpose

The purpose of the Transport and Infrastructure Advisory Committee is to:

  1. develop and review policies and priorities for addressing the management of civil infrastructure to meet the needs and aspirations of the Shire's population in a sustainable way
  2. review Council’s Asset Management Plan and 10 year works program
  3. review the level of service to be provided by the Council in the maintenance and renewal of assets within the available budget and resources
  4. advise on the implementation of the 2009 adopted Transport Policy (#861019) and in particular its implication on other Council policy, practice, process, operations and decision-making.
  5. advise in development of a Transport Strategy and an Integrated Regional Transport Plan
  6. advise on opportunities or concerns regarding transport services and infrastructure to Council as required, including but not limited to, funding opportunities, government policy, practice or guidelines, safety, accessibility, mobility and other such relevant transport issues. 

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Cameron
  • Cr Martin
  • Cr Richardson

Community Representatives:

  • Andi Maclean
  • David Michie
  • Graham Hamilton
  • Sapoty Brook

Meeting Dates 

  • 13 February 2018
  • 15 March 2018
  • 17 May 2018
  • 16 August 2018
  • 15 November 2018

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Water, Waste and Sewer Advisory Committee is to:

  1. Develop policies for addressing the water cycle and waste cycle management needs and aspirations of the Shire’s population in an ecologically sustainable way

     

  2. Develop strategies for natural resource management / demand management for water, sewer and waste management within the Shire

     

  3. ecommend on strategies and plans that address water and waste management issues in a regional/ broader context

 

Membership

Councillors:

  • Cr Coorey
  • Cr Lyon
  • Cr Ndiaye

Community Representatives:

  • Col Draper
  • Madeleine Green
  • David Fligelman
  • Duncan Dey
  • Mary Gardner
  • Alan Dickens

Meeting Dates 

  • 1 March 2018
  • 31 May 2018
  • 13 September 2018
  • 1 November 2018