Mayor and Councillors
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is represented by 9 Councillors, including the Mayor, who are elected for a 4-year term. However, due to the delay in holding NSW local government elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our current Mayor and Councillors will represent Council for a shorter period, ending in September 2024.
The Mayor and Councillors have scheduled Council meetings most months, to make decisions about policies, services and important issues. Council staff then work to make sure these decisions are carried out.
Any member of the community can attend Council meetings. People can also speak in the Public Forum, which is usually held on the Monday prior to Council meetings. Council also engages with the community via the PMH engagement portal, Have Your Say and also holds regular face to face engagement sessions.
What is the role of the Mayor?
The Mayor focuses on the policy directions of the local government, not the day-to-day operations or administration. The role of the Mayor is to facilitate the decision making process of Council; which then enables council officers to implement on their behalf.
Some of the Mayor's responsibilities include:
- to be the leader of the council and a leader in the local community
- preside as chairperson at meetings of the council
- ensuring that meetings of the council are conducted efficiently, effectively and in accordance with the code of meeting practice
- represent the views of the council and local community
- represent the local government at civic or ceremonial functions.
The Local Government Act 1993 outlines a full list of the Mayor's functions.
What is the role of a Councillor?
Councillors represent their community to ensure good rule and governance. Councillors focus on the policy directions of the local government, not the day-to-day operations or administration. The role of Councillors is to be part of the decision making process of Council; which then enables council officers to implement on their behalf.
Some of the Councillors responsibilities include:
- Work together to set and guide the strategic direction and decisions of Council
- strategic planning for the future of the community
- play a key role in the creation and review of the council's policies and objectives.
The Local Government Act 1993 outlines a Councillor's full functions.
When should I contact an elected member?
The Mayor and Councillors are our elected members and focus on the policy and strategic directions of Council, not the day-to-day operations or administration. Their main function is to represent the broader community by making decisions at Council Meetings; which Council then implements on their behalf.
Use the guide below to inform whether your query is best placed with one of our elected members, or directly with Council officers. Following this matrix will ensure that your questions and communications reach the right person to assist you, as quickly as possible.
||Should I contact an elected member?
||Should I contact a council officer?
|Relates to the strategic direction and decisions of Council.
|Relates to the representation to Council on matters that affect the broader community
|Relates to the day-to-day operations of PMHC, eg. waste collections, water supply, etc.
|Relates to an urgent issue such as a burst water main, sewage leak, or hazardous issues.
* You can send your query or suggestions directly to Council
Before contacting the Mayor or Councillor, you may wish to check our quick form to
Report an issue
For urgent matters, please contact Council directly.
Policies relating to Elected Members
How do I become a Councillor?
For information on becoming a Councillor, please visit the Office of Local Government’s website for their advice and instructions.
Meet our elected members
Click on a Councillor's name to find out more about them.
- Telephone6581 8680
- ProfileAfter the 2021 local government election, Peta was successfully re-elected to her Mayoral position for her second consecutive term.
- Telephone02 6581 8111
- ProfileAdam Roberts was appointed Deputy Mayor, building on his previous experience as a councillor from 2012 - 2016, including as Deputy Mayor from 2013 - 2014.
- Telephone0417 776 420
- ProfileDanielle Maltman is an established community advocate and business woman, elected to Council in the 2021 Local Government Election.
- Telephone0417 697 873
- ProfileJosh Slade is a newly elected Councillor, having secured the position in the 2021 Local Government Election.
- Telephone0417 665 543
- ProfileAs a member of The Greens, Lauren says she is focused on social justice, ecological sustainability and encouraging people to participate in democracy at the community level.
- Telephone0409 527 760
- ProfileLisa Intemann is a Wauchope resident and has been an elected Councillor for Port Macquarie-Hastings for over 18 years.
- Telephone0417 690 955
- ProfileNik Lipovac is a newly elected Councillor, known locally for his contributions to business and charities. His his goals are centred on getting back to basics and sustainable future planning.