Council revises portfolio format

Portfolio review: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s portfolio system champions the advancement of key priorities.COUNCILLORS have been appointed toportfolios under a revised structure.
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The portfolioscoverareas from roads and transport infrastructure to major projects, external grants and revenues, and towns, villages and public spaces.

A mayoral minutesaid the portfolioschampioned the advancement of the council’s key priorities by providing a means of gathering, receiving and discussing informationin an efficient and timely manner.

Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peter Besseling said in dealing with the portfolios, it was the councillors’ belief that the portfolio system worked well.

He said the portfolios allowed councillors and council staff to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

Cr Lisa Intemann said the revised portfolio structure was a great opportunity to build on what was a really successful system.

Cr Sharon Griffiths voted against the adoption of the revised councillor portfolio structure and the adoption of the draft councillor portfolio protocol.

The council at its November 16 meeting appointed a chairperson and alternatechairperson to each portfolio.

The role includes beinga key point of contact and engagingwith industry and community groups and associations,and providingguidance and direction to the council through participation, discussion and debate at council.

They willprovide a viewpoint as an elected councillorandact as a sounding board for directors and key staff on issues relating to the portfolioand generally champion the advancement of the council’s key priorities and decisions.

The council first adopted a portfolio structure in late 2012 and revised the portfolios in March 2015.

The latest portfolio reviewfollowed the 2016 council election.

The changes reflect the new councillors and are designed tobetter service the needs of thecommunity.

The portfolio structure is not designed to replace council committees.

The councilalso appointedcouncillor representation to committees, groups and boards.

A review of council committees led to amendments.

The council supported a recommendation about councillor membership to committees, groups and boards.

Cr Griffiths voted against the decision.

Thereport included informationabout the bodies.

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