New governance panel

A new panel established by the District Council of Mallala is helping bring order and stability to the council.

DCM chief executive officer, James Miller, said the newly formed Governance Advisory Panel (GAP) held its first meeting on Wednesday, April 13 and dealt with a raft of governance-related matters, policies and procedures.

Members of this section 41 committee bring a wealth of experience to the table, with former Speaker of the House and MP, Graham Gunn, being appointed alongside Barossa Council’s former CEO Judith Jones and highly respected lawyer Ted Byrt.

DCM mayor Tony Flaherty and deputy mayor, Marcus Strudwicke, are also on the panel.

“Council has been fortunate to secure the services of some extremely well credentialed independent members in Graham Gunn, Judith Jones and Ted Byrt,” Mr Miller said. “Their professional background and experience, coupled with the mayor and deputy mayor’s valuable input at a local level, will ably assist our council as we look to lift the profile and importance of good governance practices here at Mallala.”

The establishment of a governance advisory framework for Mallala is an initiative, which has been well received by the local government association and the community, Mr Miller added.

“Our community should be instilled with confidence that a largely independent body such as a Governance Advisory Panel is now established and presiding over the governance practices of the council,” he said.

“It really instills confidence in the community that council is dealing with day-to-day business with elite governance platforms.”

Mr Miller said the panel had already had a positive impact on the way council is conducting business and aimed to improve relationships between councillors themselves as well as the general public and council.

“It was imperative that DCM improved its governance practices,” he said.

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