The Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council has five elected representatives who are responsible for formulating council policies, corporate plan, operational plan, adopting council budget and making decisions to achieve council goals.
The shire is undivided for electoral purposes. Each councillor represents the overall public interest of the whole area, although council has adopted a portfolio management system.The mayor and councillors are elected by all voters in the shire.
Elections are conducted every four years. The last election was held in April 2016, the next one will be held in April 2020. Councillors provide the most direct form of representation to the community. Each brings an individual perspective to the decisions council must make on behalf of the community.
Background information on each of the councillors as well as details for each councillor is provided on the Elected Representatives page. Acceptance of the duties and responsibilities of the Mayor and councillors are signified by their declaration of office. This declaration requires the elected members to fulfil the duties of office by acting faithfully and impartially to the best of their judgment and ability and to agree to uphold the council code of conduct. In addition councillors are required to complete a set of forms on councillor interest.
To represent the community effectively councillors are required to attend ordinary monthly council meetings and any other special meeting and to vote on all matters that require a decision or abstain from taking part in the discussions and voting on issues where they have conflict of interest. The role of the councillors and the Mayor is set out in the Local Government Act 2009.
Council authority is exercised as a whole, with decisions being made by the council in the best interest of the community. In this regard the Act provides guidance to the Mayor and councillors on what their roles and responsibilities are and the code of conduct expected of them to observe.
The code of conduct provides for penalties ranging from reprimand to disqualification from office. All these are intended to safeguard against the misuse, abuse and miscarriage of power and authority by the elected members.
Ordinary council meeting takes place once a month; unless an alternative date has been agreed to. Meetings are generally held in the council chambers in Napranum.
Council have received $900K from WCCCA to upgrade the PCYC – Due for Completion in May 2017. Council have received $300K from Building our Regions to upgrade the outdoor area of the PCYC – This work will commence early next year.
Council have received $700K to upgrade the Napranum Boat Ramp – Due for Completion Late 2017.
Foreshore and Access Road
Council have received $3.7M to develop the foreshore. Design work has commenced due for completion late 2018.
Cultural Camp at Bouchat
Council have received $10K funding and will contribute $10K for cultural camp next year – Events Committee will work with Stephen Hall and Andrewina Hudson to develop program.
Clean up of Waste Dump
Council undertaking Clean up of Waste Dump and relinquishment of permit –estimated cost $140K
Council working with Prime Minister and Cabinet and My Pathways to commence breakfast program for school students.
Development of 5 Year Corporate Plan
Council to engage with Community to develop new 5 Year Corporate plan.
Council would like to upgrade the Community oval.
Development of the Commercial Centre
Council are currently finalising services at the Commercial ring road. Lots should be available for lease by early 2017.
Council are currently working with Western Cape College and Lighthouse Christian College to build a Prep to 3 school in Napranum.
Carbon Abatement Project
Tender closed – Consultation with Traditional owner groups and Mokwiri to occur prior to proceeding.
Council to apply for funding for a bike path from Napranum to Weipa.
Water Treatment Plant
Council have applied for funding to upgrade the water and sewerage systems.
Upgrade of Ruchook Grounds
Council have applied for $100K from WCCCA Community Grants Program Council hope to set up a Community grants program to provide opportunities for local groups/individuals to apply for small amounts of funding to support activities that will benefit the Community
Projects identified by Community Members
Napranum swimming Pool
Move War Memorial to original area (near Madua Residence top end)