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This policy demonstrates the strong commitment of Indigo Shire Council to a culture of child safety and outlines the policies and practices we have developed to keep children under the age of 18 safe from harm, including abuse. This policy applies to all Indigo Shire staff, Councillors, Committee members and volunteers associated with Indigo Shire Council.

 

Climate change is a real and urgent threat to our environment, economy, health and lifestyle. 

Climate change impacts are experienced across the organisation and community, and mitigation and adaptation actions are implemented by Councillors, staff and community members.

This policy applies to Council services and assets. It is to be considered when Council and its officers make recommendations and decisions, or design and review programs, processes and projects.

 

 

The purpose of this Community Engagement Policy is to set out Council's commitment to, and approach to, community engagement.

Community engagement will be developed according to the International Association of Public Participation framework, which outlines a wide variety of engagement methods, tools and channels for engagement activities.

Engagement activities will be implemented to ensure that members of the Indigo Shire community have genuine opportunities to participate in community engagement activities about matters that affect them, and to provide feedback to Council that is considered by Council when making a decision. 

 

In 2015, the Victorian Ombudsman released two reports which highlighting the need for all Councils to ensure that their complaints handlings systems are effective, efficient and promote fairness, integrity, respect for human rights and administrative excellence.

This policy has been developed after a review of our existing complaints handling process to provide a clear and transparent framework for the handling, recording and reporting of complaints from the public.

 

Councillors and staff will frequently be in receipt of confidential information acquired during the normal conduct of their duties with Council. It is Council’s responsibility to ensure that such information is treated confidentially, so as not to harm, prejudice or compromise the interests of Council or any individual or organisation, or enable any individual or organisation to gain a financial advantage.

This policy aims to support Councillors in balancing the right and duty to full and open public debate, transparency in decision making, to inform the public, and to consult with constituents about council business with the interest Council has in preventing disclosure of confidential information.

This policy seeks to provide overarching principles on the management of confidentiality and seeks to minimise the use of confidential decision making in Council.

 

This policy supports councillors and members of delegated committees to perform their role, as defined under the Local Government Act 2020, by ensuring that expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of their role are reimbursed.

The policy is intended to ensure that councillors and members of delegated committees are supported to perform their duties without disadvantage.

 

This policy provides the broad parameters for provision of Council services on days declared as Code Red and should not be confused with Council’s response to actual emergency events.

The occurrence of an actual emergency event, which may or may not be on a declared Code Red day, would trigger activation of Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan which would take precedence over this policy. In the event of an actual emergency impacting the Shire, a decision to close any / all services will be made on a case by case basis. This decision will be made by the Chief Executive Officer or Senior Management or as directed by Emergency Services.

 

As Councillors of Indigo Shire we are committed to representative local government and the requirement under the Local Government Act (1989) s.3C to “achieve the best outcomes for the local community having regard to the long term and cumulative effects of decisions”

This Councillor Code of Conduct has been adopted by Council as a statement of this commitment to the community and to comply with the requirements of the Act and includes an internal resolution procedure for dealing with any alleged contraventions of the Code.

A Council can apply sanctions to a Councillor who has been found to have contravened the Councillor Code of Conduct. 

 

 

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