What is the role of Council committees?

Kempsey Shire Council’s committees perform work that helps Council make well-informed decisions. Committees are able to investigate and consider matters in detail without the time constraints of ordinary Council meetings.

There are two types of Council committees:

  • Standing committees discuss and explore policy directions and make recommendations to Council meetings. These committees are made up of Councillors only.
  • Community committees advise on specific services or facilities in the shire. These committees are made up of both Councillors and community members.

Appointment of community members

When establishing a community committee, Council asks for expressions of interest from residents by advertising in the local press. Council then considers the applications and chooses suitably qualified community members. Membership ends when a Council’s term expires on the date of a general election.

Committee membership

Council committees

The following is a list of Councillors elected to committees. Many of these committees have other members who are not listed here.

Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee

  • Councillor Kerri Riddington

Australia Day Awards Committee

  • Councillor Kerri Riddington
  • Councillor Liz Campbell

Bushfire Management Committee and Zone Liaison Committee

  • Councillor Arthur Bain
  • Councillor Simon Fergusson (alternate delegate)

ClubGRANTS Committee

  • Mayor Leo Hauville

Local Traffic Committee

  • Councillor Kerri Riddington 

Melville Hall and Sports Entertainment Centre Management Committee

  • Mayor Leo Hauville

Mid North Coast Regional Arts Board

  • Councillor Liz Campbell

Public Libraries Association North-East Zone Committee

  • Councillor Arthur Bain Councillor
  • Councillor Kerri Riddington (alternate delegate if applicable)

South West Rocks Sports and Recreation Association

  • Councillor Kerri Riddington
  • Councillor Anthony Patterson (alternate delegate)

All elections to committees will be reviewed at the September 2022 Council meeting.

Committee policies

Committees must follow Council’s policies and procedures, maintain accurate records and be transparent in their dealings and decision making. Relevant publications include: