By Juliano Oliveira
The candidates running for the Gabba Ward will meet on Wednesday (11) for a public debate already targeting the March 28 election.
Current Councillor, Jonnathan Sri (Greens), and his direct opponents Rachel Gallagher (Labor ) and Nathaniel Jones (Liberal) will be attending the discussion.
The Gabba Ward comprises the suburbs of East Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Kangaroo Point, Dutton Park, West End, Highgate Hill and South Brisbane.
Residents who live in one of these areas are invited to participate. The debate is set to be at Souths Leagues Club, 120 Jane Street, West End – from 6 pm to 8 pm.
According to the Local Government Act 2009, councillors are responsible for strategic vision and planning for the future of the local government area to deliver outcomes for their community. They are not responsible for the day-to-day administration of the council, operational matters, or overseeing the work done by local government employees. This is the role of the CEO and senior staff.
“As an elected representative a councillor is to be an active and contributing member of the local government, to make considered and well-informed decisions as a member of the council and advocate on behalf of constituents.”
“As elected representatives, councillors are required to attend local government meetings (unless granted leave not to attend). It is in meetings that councillors participate in discussion and debate on a wide variety of issues to make decisions representing the overall public interest of the local government area.”
“While an individual councillor’s role and responsibilities are significant, it is important to note that local government decisions are taken by a majority vote of elected members (i.e. at local government and committee meetings).”