The Coomalie Council was formed in 1991.

The area governed by Coomalie Council covers approximately 1,500 square kilometres. The boundary of this area extends from Manton Dam in the north, to Dorat Road south of Adelaide River and east from the actual Adelaide River, to Litchfield National Park in the west.

Wards

The community government area is made up of the following Wards:-

  • the Batchelor Township ward containing an area of 10 square kilometres;
  • the Adelaide River Township ward containing an area of 8 square kilometres;
  • the Batchelor Rural ward containing an area of 126 square kilometres;
  • the Adelaide River Rural ward containing an area of 237 square kilometres;
  • the Lake Bennett ward containing an area of 165 square kilometres; and
  • the Coomalie/Tortilla ward containing an area of 954 square kilometres.

Members of Council

The Council consists of 6 members, comprising 1 member representing the Batchelor Township Ward, 1 member representing the Adelaide River Township Ward and 1 member representing each of the other Wards.

The term of office of a member expires on the Saturday immediately after the next election day.

Eligibility for Membership

A person is eligible for nomination as a member of the Council if he is enrolled as a voter, lives in the community government area and has lived there continuously for a period of at least 12 months immediately before his nomination.

The office of a member becomes vacant if he ceases to be enrolled or no longer lives in the Council area.

President and Vice-President of Council

The Council has a President and a Vice-President, who are elected by the members at their first meeting after an election and whenever else it may be necessary.

The President and Vice-President can resign at any time by giving notice in writing to the clerk and either position will become vacant if its holder ceases to be a member of the Council.

If the President's position becomes vacant due to a resignation, the Vice-President acts in his position and may also perform functions, exercise powers and discharge the duties of the President when he is absent from the community government area or any meeting of the Council.

Meetings of Council

The Council must hold a meeting at least once a month. The date and time of a Council meeting is decided either at a previous meeting, by the clerk or by the Minister for Local Government.

The President may call a special meeting of the Council by giving at least 7 days notice to the other members.

A minimum of 3 members or 50 electors, may seek a special meeting of the Council, in writing and stating the reasons for the request. The President must then call the meeting no later than 14 days after the day the request is received and members are then notified accordingly.

When a special meeting is to be held, the clerk must display a written notice of the meeting in a place that he considers likely to be frequented by residents.

Where a member is absent from 3 consecutive meetings of the Council, without the prior consent of the Council or for reasons that the council does not accept as satisfactory, the Council may declare that he is no longer a member and his office becomes vacant.

Meetings to be Open

Meetings of the Council are open to the public unless the council determines that a meeting, or part of a meeting, is to be closed.

Procedure at Meetings of Council

Meetings of the Council are presided over by the President, or in his absence, the Vice-President. If both of them are absent, a member chosen by the other members will Chair the meeting.

The conduct of meetings of the council must be in accordance with the standing orders determined by the Council.

The Council keeps a record of its proceedings.

The quorum for a meeting of the Council is the majority of members then in office.

Matters at a Council meeting are decided by a majority of the votes of the members then in office and, in the event of an equality of votes, the matter is defeated.

Functions

The Council can perform the following functions:-

  • the establishment and maintenance of parks, gardens and recreational areas and carrying out landscaping and other associated works;
  • the establishment and maintenance (alone or in association with any other body) of sports facilities, community halls, public toilets, ablution blocks and any other public facilities;
  • the provision of a service for the collection and disposal of garbage, the establishment and maintenance of garbage dumps, and the control of litter generally;
  • the removal of health hazards;
  • the provision of  vocational and other training;
  • the promotion and provision of community welfare and care facilities for all age groups within the community government area and the provision of appropriately trained staff to provide counselling or temporary assistance;
  • the development and maintenance of cemeteries;
  • the control,  prohibition or impounding of animals;
  • the development and maintenance of roads within the community government area (including the provision of street lighting and traffic control devices) and, for reward, the development and maintenance of roads outside the community government area;
  • the hiring out, for reward, of any plant, appliance or equipment belonging to the Council and the repair and maintenance, for reward, of any plant, appliance or equipment not owned by the Council;
  • the contracting of works projects within or without the community government area; and
  • the facilitation of the establishment within the community government area of private commercial enterprises.

Powers

In addition to the powers delegated through the Local Government Act, and in particular, Council's power to make by-laws, it has the authority to do all things necessary or convenient to perform its functions.

All land within the community government area is rateable, except for the land declared not rateable under the Local Government Act, and the council may levy rates in relation to it for the purpose of raising revenue to perform its functions.

The Council may declare charges to be payable by a person who either holds residence in the community government area, carries on a business in the area or has an interest in rateable land in the area.

The council may contract with the Territory or other person in order to perform any of its functions.