What committees and working groups does Council have?

Advisory Committees

•  Arts and Culture

•  Community Development

•  Demographics and Housing

•  Economic Development and Tourism

•  Environment and Sustainability

•  Heritage

•  Risk, Audit and Continuous Improvement

•  Southern Regional Livestock Exchange

•  Sport and Recreation Advisory Committee

  Wingecarribee Floodplain Risk Management

Community Reference Groups

  Access

  Seniors

  Tulip Time

Sunset Working Group

  Youth Strategy and Action Plan

Terms of Reference for each of these and other committees which do not have community representatives can be viewed at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council-committees

How do I apply to be on a committee or working group?

We've tried to make the process simple. You can complete an online nomination form or print, complete and send one in. Printed copies are also available by contacting Council on 4868 0888 or email mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Under 18 year olds will need consent from a parent, carer or guardian and we've provided a form for that here.

Remember to prepare a one page summary for each nomination which tells us:

  • why you wish to nominate
  • what interests you about serving on one of our committees or working groups
  • about the relevant experience, knowledge, interests, skills and qualifications you possess
  • what you feel you could contribute
You can upload your CV and summary pages within the online nomination form or send them to Council along with your printed application form.

What criteria is used when assessing nominations?

The types of skills and interests useful to each committee or advisory group are outlined in the associated Terms of Reference.

Applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following criteria adopted by Council on 11 September 2013.

Primary Criteria:

1.  The candidate must have knowledge and/or experience unique to the responsibility of the committee or working group to which they are being appointed.

2.  Vision and leadership are more important to committees of Council that may act in an “advisory” capacity. These candidates should have an understanding of the broad strategic issues before the committee or working group in question.

3.  Candidates who have demonstrated creativity and leadership in their practices, community or other organisations will be given priority.

4.  Availability and very specific expertise is more important to committees and working groups that may need to meet more frequently to complete explicitly defined, short -term tasks/projects which have time limitations.

5.  Candidates who are not only interested, but who are readily available and who have the support of their employer to participate are desirable.

6.  Council will not consider the following classes of individual for committee membership:

a.  Undischarged bankrupts;

b.  Persons previously suspended or dismissed from membership of a professional, trade, or special interest organisation / association;

c.  Persons with a criminal conviction for an indictable offence in any Australian jurisdiction, or with a conviction for an offence in any non-Australian jurisdiction that, under Australian law, would be considered an indictable offence;

d.  Persons previously dismissed from a committee or working group of any Local Government body in Australia; or

e.  Persons previously suspended or disqualified from being a director or officer of a Corporation or Company in any Australian jurisdiction.

Secondary Criteria:

1.  Candidates with greater experience in issues related to the role of the committee or working group will be given first priority. Where all other considerations are equal, those with greater experience in the profession will be prioritised. 

2.  Balance within committee membership is desirable. This balance may reflect a cross- section of practice-sector, rural/urban split, age and/or experience. The relative balance and importance of any one of these demographic indicators depends on the terms of reference of the committee or working group to which appointment is being made.

3.  In order to encourage participation by as many members as possible, and all other things being equal, candidates not already participating on another committee of the Council will be given priority.

4.  Industry representatives, where specified in the terms of reference, will be assessed firstly on their connection with and influence in their industry sector, and thereafter, on their personal suitability for committee or working group membership under these criteria. 

What does each of the committees or groups do?

The purpose of each committee and group is described in the adopted committee structure.

The Terms of Reference may be viewed at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council-committees

Who are the committee and group representatives?

Wingecarribee Shire Council endorsed a committee structure on 23 November 2016 for the 2016-2020 term. Councillor representatives and chairpersons were also endorsed for a period of two years. 

A complete list of all committees, advisory committees, community reference groups and sunset working groups for the 2016-2020 term, and their purpose, is provided within the Committee Manual at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council/council-committees

Where can I view minutes from previous committee or working group meetings?

Minutes from committee and working group meetings are recorded at the end of each Council Agenda. You can view these at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council-agendas-and-minutes