Committees of Council

 Council has appointed the following advisory committees of Council:

Art Advisory Committee

The primary objective of the Shire of Northam Art Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to Council on all matters pertaining to art within the Shire of Northam’s control. 

Terms of Reference - Art Advisory Committee

Audit Committee

The primary objective of the Audit Committee is to accept responsibility for the annual external audit and liaise with the local government’s auditor so that Council can be satisfied with the performance of the local government in managing its financial affairs.

Reports from the committee will assist Council in discharging its legislative responsibilities of controlling the local government’s affairs, determining the local government’s policies and overseeing the allocation of the local government’s finances and resources. The committee will ensure openness in the local government’s financial reporting and will liaise with the CEO to ensure the effective and efficient management of local government’s financial accounting systems and compliance with legislation.

Terms of Reference – Audit Committee

Bush Fire Advisory Committee (BFAC)

Northam Bush Fire Advisory Committee is established pursuant to Section 5.8 of the Local Government Act 1995 and Section 67 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 within the local government boundaries of the Shire of Northam. The committees objective is to provide efficient and responsive fire service and as a Committee to advise the Council on matters relating to bush fire, make recommendations and advise Council on all matters relating to bush fire planning, control, management and rehabilitation.

To liaise with other emergency organisations and relevant bodies with regard to Fire and Emergency Management within the Shire of Northam.

Reports from the committee will assist Council in discharging its legislative responsibilities of controlling the local government’s affairs, determining the local government’s policies and overseeing the allocation of the local government’s finances and resources. The committee will ensure openness in the local government’s financial reporting and will liaise with the CEO to ensure the effective and efficient management of local government’s financial accounting systems and compliance with legislation.

Terms of Reference - BFAC

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Review Committee

The primary objective of the Shire of Northam CEO Review Committee is to make recommendations to Council on the Shire of Northam’s CEO’s past performance and future performance requirements.

Terms of Reference - CEO Review Committee

Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC)

Local governments are the closest level of government to their communities and have access to specialised knowledge about the local environment and demographic features of their communities. Local governments also have specific responsibilities for pursuing emergency risk management as a corporate objective and as good business practice.

The Committee is made up of Hazard Management Agencies (HMA’s) operational and combat agencies. While the LEMC is a non-operational committee if requested by the HMA members may become an Incident Support Group (ISG) to assist in an incident.

Assist in the development of the local government’s emergency plans and procedures.

Terms of Reference - LEMC

Northam Safety Committee

The objective of the Northam Safety Committee is to enhance community safety and reduce criminal ad anti-social behaviour through a collaboration of key interests and agencies.

Terms of Reference - Northam Safety Committee

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group

The primary objective of the RAP Working Group is to advise and assist the Shire of Northam in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in consultation with Reconciliation Australia, using their toolkit, templates and resources. 

The first essential ‘minimum element’ for developing a RAP is to establish a working group made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or stakeholders and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or stakeholders.

Terms of Reference – RAP Working Group