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Mayor of the Gold Coast

Mayor of the City of the Gold Coast
Incumbent
Tom Tate

since 28 April 2012 (2012-04-28)
Style Councillor
(Informal)
His Worship
(Formal)
Term length 4 years
Salary $219,307 (February 2010)[1]
Website Gold Coast Mayor

The Mayor of the City of the Gold Coast is presiding officer and public face of the Gold Coast City Council,[2] the local government body of the Gold Coast, Queensland. The mayor is charged with representing the city council and is popularly elected by residents of the Gold Coast City local government area in local elections held every 4 years. The mayor presides over all council meetings; is the only councillor to not represent a specific Gold Coast electoral district;[3] and is the foremost representative of the Gold Coast City Council and its policies.[2]

The Gold Coast City Council reportedly maintains a budget of an estimated $1.1 billion annually,[4] among the highest of municipal governments in Australia. The mayor's office is located in the Gold Coast City Council building in Bundall, Queensland.

Contents

  • Mayoral responsibilities 1
    • Delegation of mayoral responsibilities 1.1
  • Current mayor 2
  • Former mayor 3
  • Governance of Gold Coast City 4
    • Wards and councillors 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Mayoral responsibilities

Under the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld),[2] Chapter 2, Part 1, the mayor of any city in Queensland, including the Gold Coast and except for Brisbane, has the following responsibilities in addition to their duty as a councillor:

  • Leading and managing meetings of the local government at which the mayor is the chairperson, including managing the conduct of the participants at the meetings.
  • Preparing and proposing the adoption of the local government’s budget.
  • Liaising with the chief executive officer on behalf of the other councillors.
  • Leading, managing, and providing strategic direction to, the chief executive officer in order to achieve the high quality administration of the local government.
  • Directing the chief executive officer, in accordance with the local government’s policies.
  • Conducting a performance appraisal of the chief executive officer, at least annually, in the way that is decided by the local government (including as a member of a committee, for example).
  • Ensuring that the local government promptly provides the Minister with the information about the local government area, or the local government, that is requested by the Minister for Local Government.
  • Being a member of each standing committee of the local government.
  • Representing the local government at ceremonial or civic functions.

Delegation of mayoral responsibilities

The Act further stipulates that "a councillor who is not the mayor may perform the mayor’s extra responsibilities only if the mayor delegates the responsibility to the councillor,"[2] while also stating that "when performing a responsibility, a councillor must serve the overall public interest of the whole local government area."[2]

Current mayor

The current Gold Coast mayor is Tom Tate, elected on 28 April 2012. [5]

Former mayor

The former mayor Cr. Ron Clarke resigned as mayor on 27 February 2012, after announcing his nomination as an independent candidate for the seat of Broadwater in the 2012 Queensland state election.[6] Clarke's bid for the State seat of Broadwater failed, securing only 6% of the vote.[7] Clarke was originally elected as an independent in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.[8]

Ron Clarke was preceded by Gary Baildon (1997-2004) and Ray Stevens (politician) (1995-1997) who was the first post-amalgamation Mayor of Gold Coast City.

Governance of Gold Coast City

The city is governed at the local level by the Gold Coast City Council, whose jurisdiction spans the Gold Coast, Queensland, and surrounding areas.[9] Based on resident population, it is the second largest local government area in Australia and its council maintains a staff of over 2,500. It was established in 1948, but has existed in its present form since 1995.[9]

Wards and councillors

Gold Coast City has been divided into 14 wards (known as divisions), each electing one councillor at elections held every four years. The most recent local government election was on 28 April 2012.[3]

Divisional Councillors are:[3]

  • Division 1: Cr Donna Gates Dep Mayor - Yatala
  • Division 2: Cr William Owen-Jones - Coomera
  • Division 3: Cr Cameron Caldwell - Paradise Point
  • Division 4: Cr Margaret Grummitt - Biggera Waters
  • Division 5: Cr Tracey Gilmore - Pacific Pines, Nerang and Hinterland areas
  • Division 6: Cr Dawn Crichlow - Southport
  • Division 7: Cr Lex Bell - Surfers Paradise
  • Division 8: Cr Robert La Castra - Ashmore
  • Division 9: Cr Glen Tozer - Mudgeeraba
  • Division 10: Cr Paul Taylor - Broadbeach
  • Division 11: Cr Jan Grew - Robina
  • Division 12: Cr Greg Betts - Burleigh Heads
  • Division 13: Cr Daphne McDonald - Palm Beach
  • Division 14: Cr Chris Robbins - Coolangatta

See also

References

  1. ^ Gold Coast Bulletin. "Coast councillors found out on pay rise". 
  2. ^ a b c d e Queensland Government. "Local Government Act 2009". 
  3. ^ a b c Gold Coast City Council. "Mayors and Councillors". 
  4. ^ Gold Coast Bulletin. "The Gold Coast's most influential people". 
  5. ^ "Electoral Commission Queensland - 2012 Gold Coast City Mayoral Elections". Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Kelly, james (27 February 2012). "Clarke says Gold Coast needs independent MP". ABC News. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Weston, Paul (24 March 2012). "Clarke bows out with no regrets". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Gold Coast City Council. "Mayor Cr Ron Clarke MBE". 
  9. ^ a b Gold Coast City Council. "Council overview". 
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