Community and Culture Advisory Committee

Purpose

To provide advice and guidance on the development of strategies, and identification of challenges and opportunities, in relation to cultural planning and heritage, arts and cultural opportunities, sporting and recreational opportunities, community pride and local identity including local history, and community involvement which encourages a sense of belonging within the LGA.
 

Role

Advisory Committees are established under Part Q of CN’s Code of Meeting Practice to provide advice to the elected Council on matters of strategic significance, and to provide advice to CN on implementation of relevant matters aligned to the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan. Advisory Committees may make recommendations to Council or a Committee of Council, but no functions are delegated to them by CN.
 

Membership 

Membership to this Committee includes: 
  • Up to three Councillors 
  • The Lord Mayor
  • Representatives from stakeholder organisations 
  • Up to three community representatives.
The Lord Mayor may attend any Advisory Committee meeting as a voting member. Community representatives of CN Advisory Committees are not paid and serve on a voluntary basis. 
If more applications from suitable community representatives are received than positions, offers of membership will be made to the top applicant/s and the remainder placed on an eligibility list. 
 

Responsibility of Advisory Committee Members 

Committee members are expected to have the time needed to understand the Committee’s business papers and attend Committee meetings and provide advice and feedback on matters brought before the Committee. 
Committee members are required to follow applicable CN policies and procedures and must: 
  • Conduct themselves in accordance with CN’s Code of Conduct
  • Declare and manage Conflicts of Interest in accordance with CN’s Code of Conduct
  • Maintain confidentiality and not disclose confidential or private information
  • Not use information gained through membership of the Committee for a private benefit for themselves or any other person
  • Understand CN’s Media Policy and not speak to the media or members of the public on behalf of CN, the Advisory Committee or working party.  
CN has adopted Guidelines for Meeting Practice. These Guidelines provide additional detail on responsibility requirements.
 

Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held quarterly, on the first Tuesday of the month commencing at 5:30pm. Meetings will initially be held in City Hall, 290 King Street, Newcastle but may relocate to the new Council premises at 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West in 2020.8 or email governance@ncc.nsw.gov.au.
 

Terms of reference

 Download the Terms of Reference (pdf)