Town of Port Hedland
Working for the Community
Council actively works to develop, support and improve services, facilities and amenities for the Port Hedland community, economy and environment.
The Town of Port Hedland aims to transform our regional town into Pilbara's Port City – a vibrant and attractive City which provides families with all the benefits of city-living yet still enjoy the friendly and relaxed outdoor lifestyle the Pilbara has to offer.
For the 2012/13 financial year, Council will be investing $82 million in capital works, including $24 million committed to the first year of a five-year plan to redevelop Port Hedland International Airport. In addition, the budget focuses on finalising major projects such as the South Hedland Aquatic Centre redevelopment, GP Housing, Cemetery Beach Park Duplication and the North West Festival. The current budget is the largest to date, and reflects the scale and rapid pace of growth of the Town of Port Hedland.
All these projects would not be possible without the continuous support of State Government agencies such as Pilbara Cities, LandCorp and Pilbara Development Commission, key stakeholders, industry and the community.
Elected by the Community
Mayor and Councillors are elected by the community and have a statutory role in communicating information between electors and the Council.
As Council is the level of government that is closest to the community, it is able to take account of, and respond to, local views and ideas.
First ever Mayoral elections took place in 2009 and will continue to occur every four years. The Town of Port Hedland Mayor is elected by the community though a preferential voting system.
Ordinary local government elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years. All elected members serve a four year term, with 50% of seats falling vacant at each ordinary election. The next local government elections will be held in October 2013. Residents should ensure they are on the electoral roll before the elections in order to vote. Further information and enrolment forms are available from the WA Electoral Commission's website: www.waec.wa.gov.au or by telephoning: 13 63 06.
Responsible to the Community
Members are required to represent Council and advise electors of Council Policy. The basis upon which policy is formed and the reason for the subsequent decisions is available to the community.
The role of a councillor is specified in the Local Government Act 1995 as follows:
- To represent the interests of electors, ratepayers and resident of the district;
- To provide leadership and guidance to the community;
- To facilitate communication between the community and the council;
- To participate in the decision-making processes at Council; and
- To perform functions given to a councillor by the Act or other laws.
Council members are the decision makers responsible for:
- The development of Council Policy;
- The direction and control of the affairs of the Town of Port Hedland local government;
- Making decisions on project priorities and the plans to achieve them; and
- The periodical review of Council's programs and performance.
- Council actively strives to represent the community interest and regularly seeks feedback from residents.
If you have any suggestion on improving our Town please feel free to contact a councillor.