Local Government Advisor Appointed to Council

Published: 13th October 2022

A governance advisor has been appointed to work with Mount Isa City Council to provide advice on governance structures in place at Council.

Experienced Local Government advisor Hayden Wright will take on the role for an initial period of three months, beginning on Tuesday 11 October 2022, with the possibility of extension.

Mr Wright’s appointment was made by the Director-General of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

The advisor role will primarily focus on capacity building and mentoring, with a focus on the clear understanding of roles and responsibilities, ensuring effective working relationships between the Councillors, and adherence to transparent and ethical decision-making processes.

Council sees this as an opportunity to improve the relationship between Councillors.

Council is pleased to work with an experienced Local Government advisor such as Mr Wright and believes his advice can only lead to best practice in Local Government being implemented at Council.

Council will ensure Mr Wright is provided with all the necessary information and resources required to provide strategic advice to Council, Mayor, and Councillors.

The appointment of Mr Wright will allow Council to understand what is working well in Council and where there is room for improvement.

Council is undertaking preliminary meetings with Mr Wright, to provide him with an overview of some of the challenges that have been encountered.

Mayor Danielle Slade said: “I welcome the appointment of Mr Wright and thank Department of Local Government Director-General Mike Kaiser and the Department for their support in enabling Mount Isa City Council to receive a high level of governance guidance.”