Mayor of the Gold Coast
|Mayor of the City of the Gold Coast|
|Term length||4 years|
|Deputy||Cr Donna Gates|
|Website||Gold Coast Mayor|
The mayor is charged with representing the city council and is popularly elected by residents of the City of Gold Coast local government area in local elections held every 4 years. The mayor presides over all council meetings; is the only councillor to not represent a specific Gold Coast electoral district; and is the foremost representative of the Gold Coast City Council and its policies.
The Gold Coast City Council reportedly maintains a budget of an estimated $1.2 billion annually, among the highest of municipal governments in Australia. The mayor's office is located in the Southport Town Hall building in Southport, Queensland.
Under the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld), Chapter 2, Part 1, the mayor of any city in Queensland, including the Gold Coast and except for Brisbane, has the following responsibilities in addition to their duty as a councillor:
- Leading and managing meetings of the local government at which the mayor is the chairperson, including managing the conduct of the participants at the meetings.
- Preparing and proposing the adoption of the local government's budget.
- Liaising with the chief executive officer on behalf of the other councillors.
- Leading, managing, and providing strategic direction to, the chief executive officer in order to achieve the high quality administration of the local government.
- Directing the chief executive officer, in accordance with the local government's policies.
- Conducting a performance appraisal of the chief executive officer, at least annually, in the way that is decided by the local government (including as a member of a committee, for example).
- Ensuring that the local government promptly provides the Minister with the information about the local government area, or the local government, that is requested by the Minister for Local Government.
- Being a member of each standing committee of the local government.
- Representing the local government at ceremonial or civic functions.
Delegation of mayoral responsibilities
The Act further stipulates that "a councillor who is not the mayor may perform the mayor's extra responsibilities only if the mayor delegates the responsibility to the councillor," while also stating that "when performing a responsibility, a councillor must serve the overall public interest of the whole local government area."
List of Gold Coast Mayors
The former mayor Cr. Ron Clarke resigned as mayor on 27 February 2012, after announcing his nomination as an independent candidate for the seat of Broadwater in the 2012 Queensland state election. Clarke's bid for the State seat of Broadwater failed, securing only 4% of the vote. Clarke was originally elected as an independent in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Ron Clarke was preceded by Gary Baildon (1997–2004) and Ray Stevens (1995–1997) who was the first post-amalgamation Mayor of City of Gold Coast.
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|Gold Coast Mayor||Term|
Former town/shire leaders
Prior to the South Coast council forming in 1948, ten local government areas existed between the City of Brisbane and the New South Wales border. Just four of those local government areas exist within modern day Gold Coast. Below is a list of the leaders of those areas:
On 9 December 1948, as part of a major reorganisation of local government in South East Queensland, an Order in Council created the Shire of Albert by amalgamating Shire of Beenleigh, Shire of Coomera, Shire of Nerang, the southern part of Shire of Tingalpa and the eastern part of Shire of Waterford. On 8 June 1978, the Shire of Logan was created which reduced the Shire of Albert to nearly a quarter of its previous population. The Shire of Albert was amalgamated with the Gold Coast City Council in 1995. With the exception of the Beenleigh–Eagleby region, which was transferred to Logan City in 2008, the area of the Albert Shire is still present in modern-day City of Gold Coast.
|Hugh Dunstan Muntz||1967–1982|
Governance of Gold Coast City
The city is governed at the local level by the Gold Coast City Council, whose jurisdiction spans the Gold Coast, Queensland, and surrounding areas. Based on resident population, it is the second largest local government area in Australia and its council maintains a staff of over 2,500. It was established in 1948, but has existed in its present form since 1995.
Wards and councillors
Gold Coast City has been divided into 14 wards (known as divisions), each electing one councillor at elections held every four years. The most recent local government election was on 19 March 2016.
Divisional Councillors are:
- Division 1: Cr Donna Gates Dep Mayor – Yatala
- Division 2: Cr William Owen-Jones – Coomera
- Division 3: Cr Cameron Caldwell – Paradise Point
- Division 4: Cr Kristyn Boulton – Biggera Waters
- Division 5: Cr Peter Young – Pacific Pines, Nerang and Hinterland areas
- Division 6: Cr Dawn Crichlow – Southport
- Division 7: Cr Gary Baildon – Surfers Paradise
- Division 8: Cr Robert La Castra – Ashmore
- Division 9: Cr Glen Tozer – Mudgeeraba
- Division 10: Cr Paul Taylor – Broadbeach
- Division 11: Cr Hermann Vorster – Robina
- Division 12: Cr Pauline Young – Burleigh Heads
- Division 13: Cr Daphne McDonald – Palm Beach
- Division 14: Cr Gail O'Neill – Coolangatta
- Queensland Government. "Local Government Act 2009" (PDF).
- Gold Coast City Council. "Mayors and Councillors". Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Gold Coast Bulletin. "The Gold Coast's most influential people".
- Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate and chief of staff Wayne Moran quit council HQ for Southport
- Kelly, james (27 February 2012). "Clarke says Gold Coast needs independent MP". ABC News. Retrieved 6 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Weston, Paul (24 March 2012). "Clarke bows out with no regrets". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 24 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Gold Coast City Council. "Mayor Cr Ron Clarke MBE". Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Electoral Commission Queensland – 2012 Gold Coast City Mayoral Elections". Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Gold Coast City Council. "Council overview". Archived from the original on 31 October 2005. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)