Our Council

Of the three tiers of government, Commonwealth, State and Local, Local Government has the greatest impact on the day to day lives of residents.

The Shire of Northam obtains funding through local taxes in the form of rates, the sale of goods and services and from grants obtained through the State and Commonwealth.

Funding is used to resource a number of roles and responsibilities that include:

  • Local infrastructure maintenance such as local roads, bridges, footpaths, verges, drainage and waste management.
  • Provision of recreation facilities such as parks, camping grounds, sports complexes and swimming pools.
  • Provision of cultural facilities such as libraries.
  • Enforcement of local law such as water and food inspections, ranger services, noise control.
  • Provision of community activation, care and welfare services including youth and seniors programmes.
  • Building services, including inspections, licensing, certifications and enforcement.
  • Planning and development approvals
  • Promotion of the region as a place of choice to live, work, invest and visit.

The current legislation governing the functions of Local Government is the Local Government Act 1995. A range of additional legislation influences Local Government in Western Australia, particularly in relation to health, environmental management, land use planning, waste management, traffic and road safety, and community governance.

The Local Government Act 1995 requires each Council to have a minimum of six and a maximum of 15 Elected Members, with the number of Elected Members decided by Councils to meet the needs of each Local Government area

The Shire of Northam is divided into four wards, Town (5 Councillors), West (2 Councillors), Central (2 Councillors) and East (1 Councillor), thereby ensuring equal representation and enabling Council to work towards goals, strategies and outcomes that will benefit all residents and ratepayers.

For the individual contact details of your local Councillor or Senior Staff member, please refer to Council Contacts.

Council Meetings

Council Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month commencing at 5:30pm. Meetings are convened in the Council Chambers at 395 Fitzgerald Street, Northam unless otherwise specified. Meeting dates for 2019 are as follows:


Ordinary Council


16 January 2019

23 January 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

13 February 2019

20 February 2019

Bakers Hill Pavilion

13 March 2019

20 March 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

10 April 2019

17 April 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

8 May 2019

15 May 2019

Wundowie Hall

12 June 2019

19 June 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

10 July 2019

17 July 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

14 August 2019

21 August 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

11 September 2019

18 September 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

9 October 2019

16 October 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

13 November 2019

20 November 2019

Grass Valley Hall

11 December 2019

18 December 2019

Shire of Northam Council Chambers

Note: Available Councillors and staff including the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Managers will be available one (1) hour prior to the Forum meeting commencing at the Bakers Hill, Wundowie and Grass Valley location to allow for consultation with local residents.

A Council Forum meeting is held on the Wednesday in the week immediately preceding the Council Meeting. These meetings also commence at 5:30pm and are held in the Council Chambers, however where the Council meeting is convened at another location as specified above, the Forum meeting will also be held at this location. Council Forum Meetings are not decision making meetings, they are in place to allow Elected Members to review the upcoming Council Agenda and seek clarifications or ask questions of staff to ensure they have access to sufficient information when making a determination on matters at the meeting of Full Council.

The public are encouraged to attend both Council Meetings and Forums. If questions are to be directed to Council, the public are encouraged to give prior notice in writing so that the information is available at the meeting.

Please refer to the below information sheet in regards to attending the Council Meeting.

Public Information Sheet - Council Meetings

For Agendas and Minutes of Council and Council Advisory Committees, please refer to Agendas & Minutes.

Committees of Council & Community Based Representation

Section 5.8 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides that Council can establish committees of three (3) or more persons.  Committees of Council act as advisory bodies to Council as a whole, they hold meetings, discuss matters relevant to that particular committee, can make recommendations to Council but cannot make a decisions.  Councillors, staff and/or members of the community may be appointed to a Committee of Council.  Those appointed members remain until (a) the person no longer holds the office by virtue of which the person becomes a member, or is no longer the Chief Executive Officer, or the Chief Executive Officer's representative, as the case may be; (b) the person resigns from membership of the committee; (c) the committee is disbanded; or (d) the next ordinary election day.

From time to time, Council is requested to nominate a Council member to represent the Council on committees of external organisations.  These committees are independent of Council.  Community based committees are an important part of the social structure of the wider community and give residents and ratepayers a voice in 'their' community.  They also allow feedback to Council of Community concerns and ideas.

Community Based Committee Representation (2017 to 2019).

Membership-Advisory Committees of Council (2017 to 2019).

Council Elections

Council elections are held October of every second year. The next Local Government Elections will be held in 2019. Voting in Local Government elections is not compulsory; however Council encourages every Elector to have their say.

If you want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, stand for election as a local government councillor.  Information about standing for council can be obtained from the Department of Local Government & Regional Development website at:

Department of Local Government & Communities - Website - Local Government Elections

Fact Sheet 2 - The Role of a Council Member

Fact Sheet 3 - Council Members’ Responsibilities and Rights

Fact Sheet 4 - Nominating to be a Council Member

Fact Sheet 8 -What happens when you become a Council Member

Standing for Council Presentation

Electoral Roll

If you are enrolled with the electoral commission to vote in a ward that is up for election your name will automatically be to the Electoral Roll. If you are unsure weather you are enrolled, you can download and complete the Enrolment form given below and return it to the shire offices.

Click Here to Download the Enrolment Form

People who own but do not reside at property within the shire are still eligible to vote. You may enroll up to two Owners/Nominees per property by filling in the Enrolment form. Each person is only entitled to one vote per ward in which the property is located.

Women in Local Government

The Advisory Committee on Women in Local Government provides advice to the Minister for Local Government on ways of encouraging and assisting women to progress their careers in the Western Australian local government sector either as an employee or a councillor.  Further information on Women in Local Government can be obtained by visiting the Department of Local Government & Regional Development website at: