Council is made up of the Mayor and ten Councillors who are elected by the community every four years to represent the views of residents within the region.
Under the Local Government Act 2009, it is the role of Councillors to determine strategic objectives and adopt a policies framework in order to lead Council into the future.
Our elected representatives are decisive, display strong leadership, promote the positive attributes and opportunities of the Fraser Coast, foster positive relationships and form cohesive partnerships with all tiers of government to benefit the community.
Division boundaries have changed and will be in effect from March 2020. More information on boundary changes is available here.
Mayor and Councillors
Committees and reference groups
Councillors are appointed to represent Council on a number of committees and reference groups.
View the current schedule of appointments (PDF,80kB).
Complaints and investigations
- Register of councillor complaints (PDF,55.2kB)
Code of Conduct
Councillors Discretionary Fund
- Discretionary Funds list for capital works 2016/17 (PDF,42kB)
- Discretionary Funds list for capital works 2017/18 (PDF,42kB)
- Discretionary Funds list for operational funds 2017/18 (PDF 145kB)
- Discretionary Funds list for operational funds 2018/2019 (PDF 143kB)
- Discretionary Funds list for operational funds 2019/2020 (PDF 139kB)
For more information on the Councillors Discretionary Fund.
Mayor's Community Benefit Fund
Objects and Purpose
The objects and purpose for which the Fund is established are to:
(a) respond to needs beneficial to the community;
1. directly or indirectly providing for the relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability or helplessness to people in the community;
2. directly or indirectly providing relief to people in necessitous circumstances; and
3. planning for and assisting underprivileged or neglected children and families, people who are unemployed, single parents, people with a disability, the sick, the infirm, the aged and others in need of assistance.
(b) Assist community organisations and groups in order to pursue charitable purposes and/or other activities beneficial to the community;
(c) emergency support situations, including essential food items, emergency accommodation and/or repairs for life-threatening situations; and
(d) do anything incidental or helpful to either of the above.
Examples that may be funded from the Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund include local Flood Appeals, donations to individuals in necessitous circumstances e.g. House fire victims or large donations to recognised community groups/foundations/hospitals.
(a) Applications may be made on a needs basis at any time to the Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund.
(b) Any decisions to allocate funding under the Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund will be considered and approved by a committee, by majority decision, consisting of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive Officer.
(c) All funds donated are kept in a Council Trust Account.
(d) The maximum donation to any recipient from the Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund is $1,000.
(e) Funding cannot be provided under this Fund for the replacement of items that can be covered by insurance.
(f) Other funding sources are not available or appropriate for the purpose.
Donations to the Fund
Donations to the fund are not tax-deductible and can be made by forwarding a cheque to the:-
Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund
Fraser Coast Regional Council
PO Box 1943
HERVEY BAY QLD 4655
Or by donating at one of Council’s three Customer Service areas located at:-
- Hervey Bay - 77 Tavistock Street, Torquay, Qld, 4655
- Maryborough - 431-433 Kent Street, Qld, 4650
- Tiaro - Forgan Terrace, Qld, 4650
Reporting: Total Donations received and funds distributed will be reported in the Council’s Annual Report with a confidential detailed report provided to Councillors.
Expenses reimbursement and provision of facilities
The Expenses Reimbursement and Provision of Facilities for Mayor and Councillors Policy (204kB) authorises the payment of reasonable expenses incurred by Councillors and outlines resources available to assist Councillors in their duties and responsibilities. These include:
Expenses - vehicle usage, conference registrations, accommodation, meals, travel expenses and telecommunications; and
Resources - administrative support staff, computer/iPad3, printer, modem and smartphone.
This policy applies to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors and is made in accordance with Section 249 of the Local Government Regulation 2012.
Last updated 30/03/2020