Committees of Council

The Local Government Act 1993 (‘the Act’) is the legislative framework that outlines how Council can exercise its functions in respect to the operation of a wide range of community services and facilities.

A key section of the Local Government Act relevant to the delegation of authority by Council to Committees is Section 377.  Section 377 provides that certain functions may be delegated to a committee and also outlines which activities Council cannot delegate.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are comprised of all Councillors.

Standing Committees provide forums for Forbes Shire Council to discuss and establish policy directions related to the committee’s purpose and make recommendations to ordinary meetings of Council.  The standing committees of Forbes Shire Council, each of which has its own Terms of Reference are:

Finance, Infrastructure and Services Committee

The purpose of this committee is to consider matters related to finance, infrastructure and Services as relevant to Council’s IP&R actions as defined in the Community Strategic Plan.

Meetings
This Committee meets bi-monthly on the 1st Monday of the following months:
February, April, June, August, October and December.

Economic Development Committee

The purpose of this committee is to consider matters related to economic development, tourism and promotion as relevant to Council’s IP&R actions as defined in the Community Strategic Plan.

Meetings
This Committee meeting on the 1st Monday of the following months:
March, May, July, September and November.

Section 355 Committees

Section 355 Committees are chaired by a Councillor and provide advice and make recommendations to Council regarding specific services, Council projects, facilities or community issues.  Council’s Section 355 Committee are:

Aerodrome Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee is to consider matters related to the development of the Forbes Aerodrome as relevant to Council IP&R actions as defined in the Community Strategic Plan.
Delegates: Crs S Karaitiana and C Roylance

Meetings
Two meetings per year or as required.

Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee

The purpose of this committee is to review the following aspects of Council’s operations:

(a). Compliance;

(b). risk management;

(c). fraud control;

(d). financial management;

(e). governance;

(f). implementation of Council’s strategic plan, delivery program and strategies;

(g). service reviews;

(h). collection of performance measurement data by Council; and

(i). any other matters prescribed by the regulations.

Delegates: Crs G Miller, P Miller and S Chau

Meetings
Held on a quarterly basis.

Community Gardens Committee

The purpose of this committee is to manage the operation of the Forbes Riverside Community Garden.

Delegates: Crs S Karaitiana and J Webb

Meetings
Held on a quarterly basis.

Floodplain Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advise Council on floodplain matters relating to development applications.

Delegates: Crs J Nicholson, P Miller, C Roylance and M Herbert.

Meetings
As required.

Heritage Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advise Council on strategic matters relating to heritage from the planning, infrastructure and community engagement perspective.

Delegates: Crs M Herbert, G Clifton and J Webb.

Meetings
Held on a quarterly basis.

Saleyards Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advise Council on strategic matters relating to the Central West Livestock Exchange.

Delegates: Crs G Miller, P Miller and J Webb.

Meetings
Held bi-monthly.