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Waikerie District Community Committee

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Terms of Reference WDCC


The purpose of the committee is to assist the Council in relation to parks and community facilities under the care control and management of Council within the Waikerie township and general surrounds, specifically to 

  • provide a conduit to Council for the community
  • provide recommendations to Council for their long term strategic management and development
  • undertake the development and coordination of identified community projects

In relation to the purposes of the committee, and its major focus “parks and community facilities” refer to any existing land and associated facilities used for community purposes and reserves dedicated for community use within the geographical boundaries of the township of Waikerie and within the area contained within the 80 kilometre speed limit postings.

Median strips, road verges and footpaths are to be considered only as they relate to the vegetation and planting management and strategy purposes of the committee.

Specific objectives of the committee include:

  1. Develop, review and recommend to Council an annual business plan outlining actions and measurable outcomes to the Committee purposes.
  2. Preparation of a long term vegetation management and planting strategy for the areas within the management scope of the committee.
  3. Preparation of a walking trail / bicycle trail(s) strategy.
  4. Develop a waterproofing / water saving strategy for the areas under the management of the committee.
  5. Encourage and foster the continued history of community involvement in the presentation of Waikerie, including but not limited to the involvement of schools and other community based organisations in the development and ongoing management of identified areas.
  6. Consider other plans and strategies for complementary projects into the committee’s strategies (ie. Riverfront Development Masterplan Concept).
  7. Preparation and review of a long term development, management and rationalization strategy for playground facilities.
  8. Preparation and review of a long term management strategy for the parks and community facilities under the management of the committee.
  9. Preparation and review of strategies to enhance the visual appearance of all entrances to Waikerie.
  10. KESAB Tidy Towns co-ordination.
  11. To assist and support satellite communities in the Waikerie District.

The committee shall consist of not less than seven (7) or no more than ten (10) members, at least one of which must be an elected member of Council.

Members shall be appointed or removed by resolution of Council and may consist of or include persons who are not members of the Council.

The Mayor will at all times be an 'ex-officio' member of the Committee but will not be taken to be included in the membership of the Committee unless actually present at a meeting of the Committee.

Committee members shall have the relevant skills to meet the committee’s purposes.

Members shall hold office from the date of their appointment, for a term until the first meeting of Council following the next general Council election, and shall be eligible for re-appointment.

The Presiding member of the Committee shall be appointed by Council.

If a Committee member is absent for three or more consecutive meetings without apology, then the Council may appoint another person, to replace that committee member.

Council will provide administrative support to the committee via the position of Community Development Officer and administrative staff.


A quorum shall consist of half the appointed members plus one, but shall not include the Mayor unless actually present.


No civil Liability shall attach to a member of a committee for an honest act or omission in the exercise performance or discharge or purported exercise, performance or discharge of the members or committees functions or duties. A liability that would but for the foregoing attach to a member of a committee, attaches instead to the Council.


The provisions of sections 73, 74 and 75 of the Local Government Act 1999 will apply to all members of the committee, in relation to meetings and any business or proposed business of the committee.


The provision of Section 74 of the Local Government Act 1999 will not apply to members of Committees.


The committee shall be subject to the provisions of the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2000, Part 3.

The Committee shall meet at least quarterly, andwhenever requested by any of the following:-

  • The Council
  • The Chairman of the Committee
  • Any two members jointly

The Order of Business of each meeting shall be:-

  • Opening and Welcome
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Business Arising
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Statements YTD (only if they relate to projects undertaken by the committee)
  • Reports - Chairman & Councillor
  • Business Plan and  Action Plan
  • Other Business
  • Close

A copy of the Minutes of every meeting, together with a financial statement for the projects attributed to the committee shall be provided by the Council for inclusion in the Agenda of the next Council Meeting. Where a particular matter requires the specific resolution or the attention of the Council, the minutes will be accompanied by a report from the Executive Officer.

The Committee is accountable to the District Council of Loxton Waikerie in all things.


The Committee is responsible to develop an Annual Business Plan including budget requirements, & submit these to Council in April each year. The committee shall undertake a quarterly review of the budget in conjunction with the Councils quarterly review

The committee shall provide a report to Council on an annual basis detailing the outcomes it has achieved in relation to its purposes and annual business plan


Should a dispute arise over any matter, the decision of the Council will be final.


Council shall be responsible for the insurance of its own properties, contents and liability, insofar as it has an insurable interest. Where an asset is occupied or used by a third party, that body shall be responsible for the insurance of its own goods & chattels and any liability which it may incur as the result of the use or occupancy of Councils premises.


The Committee shall if using the services of any volunteers,

  • Maintain a register of volunteers
  • Provide each volunteer with a volunteer’s information kit.
  • Ensure safe work practices are undertaken and adhered to.

All assets and property which the committee cares for, controls or manages shall be and remain the property of the Council including any improvements, fixture and fittings located in or on the facility at any time irrespective of whether the Committee or the Council purchased or installed them.


Council may at any time amend or alter these terms of reference by resolution of the Council.


The Committee has no delegated Regulatory function on behalf of Council.

Expenditure of monies on behalf of Council within the approved committee budget & annual Business Plan submitted to and approved by Council will be undertaken by delegated authority by the Director Community Services on behalf of and in consultation with the committee. No power is given to the committee to expend funds.

The Committee has no power to instruct or direct Council staff or contractors.


The Committee shall undertake a review of these terms of reference at the first meeting following the 12 month anniversary of the adoption of same by Council. The Chief Executive Officer shall assist the committee in the review.

Principal Office - Loxton
29 East Terrace
Branch Office - Waikerie
Strangman Road
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Waikerie District Visitor Information Centre
Strangman Road, Waikerie
East Terrace
Strangman Road
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