Elected Members

The Ashburton Shire Council comprises of nine Elected Members. An elected Shire President and eight Elected Members representing the districts five Wards (Ashburton-Tablelands, Onslow, Pannawonica, Paraburdoo and Tom Price).

Each Elected Members is elected to serve a four-year term and there are no restrictions on the number of terms an Elected Member may serve.

The function of the Council is to provide good governance for residents in the district, which includes the provision of works and services to ensure the health, safety and fulfilment of the local community.

Five fundamental aims of Council are:

  • to direct and uphold the affairs of Council;
  • to be responsible for the performance of Council’s functions;
  • to oversee the allocation of Council’s finances and resources;
  • to determine policies; and
  • to provide for the good government of persons in the district

The ways in which these aims are interpreted and the range and nature of the responsibilities to which they are applied undergo continuing transformation. There is a need to constantly re-examine tasks, to ensure they are the ones most suited to the scale of decision-making and services required.

Council Members are required to undertake prescribed training within 12 months of being elected. Information about the prescribed training completed and other professional development activities is available online - Registers and Required Reports.