The role of Mayor and Councillors


Role of the Mayor

The Mayor is one of nine Councillors who are elected to a four year term of office. 

It is the Mayor's role to:

  • preside as chairperson at meetings of the council
  • carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the mayoral office
  • exercise such functions of the council as the council determines (for example council can delegate specific functions to the mayor)
  • exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy making functions of the council between meetings of council.  

Role of a Councillor

Councillors are, collectively, the policy-makers of the Council and represent their communities to bring their views into the Council’s decision-making process. They also act as an advocate for residents in resolving particular concerns relating to Council services.  

As a member of the governing body of the council, it is the role of a councillor to:

  • direct and control the affairs of the council in accordance with the Local Government Act
  • participate in the optimum allocation of the council's resources for the benefit of the area
  • play a key role in the creation and review of the council's policies and objectives and criteria relating to the exercise of the council's regulatory functions
  • review the performance of the council and its delivery of services, and the management plans and revenue policies of the council.

As an elected person it is the role of a councillor to:

  • To represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers
  • To provide leadership and guidance to the community
  • To facilitate communication between the community and the council.

Councillors can be contacted by the public either directly or by mail at PO Box 219 Mullumbimby NSW 2482.

For information relating to previous Councillors, please contact David Royston-Jennings on 02 6626 7171 regarding the historical listing of those elected to serve in Local Government for Byron Shire Council.

For information on becoming a Councillor, please see the Office of Local Government’s Thinking about becoming a Councillor? guide for candidates in NSW.

Role of the General Manager

The General Manager is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Council's organisation and for ensuring the implementation, without undue delay, of decisions of the Council.

It is the General Manager's role to:

  • manage the council on a day-to-day basis and to direct staff
  • exercise such of the functions of the council as are delegated by the council to the General Manager
  • appoint staff in accordance with an organisational structure and resources approved by the Council
  • implement the Council's equal employment opportunity management plan.