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Terms of Reference

November 2013

The Community Strategic Plan "One Community" identifies 'Productive communities' as a key objective with the aim that 'we are successful and sustainable in growth and development.'

The 2013-2017 Delivery Program further identifies the need to 'Provide promotion and support to develop the Shire as a destination of choice to live, work, visit and invest.'

The "Eurobodalla Shire Council - Economic Development Strategy – 2009" identifies the strategic intent to "Demonstrate leadership in promoting and supporting sustainable economic growth reflecting community expectations."

Contents

Values & Vision

Business development activities aim to "Retain, Attract, Grow" by:

  • facilitating business growth and development in the Eurobodalla Shire consistent with Council's vision and strategic objectives.
  • supporting the development of events to maximize economic benefit, attract key visitor markets, overcome seasonality and align with the destination brand and image.

We will do this by:

  • Assisting businesses with requests for support e.g. where to get funding or advice, information on how to set up a new business, economic data etc.
  • Assisting in the development of new industries, businesses or industry sectors
  • Building the capacity of existing businesses through skills development
  • Promotion of Eurobodalla as an attractive place to do business
  • Strengthening partnerships between council and the community
  • Event development and attraction
  • Represent businesses and advise and make recommendations to Council on matters relating to business, the development of the economy and the future of the businesses in Eurobodalla.
  • Undertake actions in partnership with Council to develop business and the economy.
  • The committee shall be referred to as the Eurobodalla Business Advisory Committee.
  • The committee shall function as a non delegated advisory and working group.

Purpose of the Business Advisory Committee

  • Represent businesses and advise and make recommendations to Council on matters relating to business, the development of the economy and the future of the businesses in Eurobodalla.
  • Undertake actions in partnership with Council to develop business and the economy.

Title and Delegations

  • The committee shall be referred to as the Eurobodalla Business Advisory Committee.
  • The committee shall function as a non delegated advisory and working group.

Objectives

  • Inform the development, implementation and review of Council's priorities from Council's corporate plans including Objective 6 of the Community Strategic Plan "We Help our Local Economy grow"
  • Advise and support Council regarding business development issues and make recommendations to Council as appropriate.

Membership of the committee

A quorum of the committee shall be 5 voting members.  The Chairperson has voting rights. (ESC Staff have no voting rights).

Tenure to the committee

  • Representatives to participate on the Business Advisory Committee will be given formal notification by ESC in writing.
  • Representatives will be selected on a skills basis by Council for 2 year tenure.  Tenure can be renewed by Council for up to 4 years without readvertising.
  • Representatives not attending 3 consecutive meetings can be replaced at the discretion of Council.
  • Representatives must be willing to abide by the terms of reference for the committee.

Composition

Industry

  • 10 business representatives
  • 1 representative of the education/training sector

Council

  • Mayor (or his delegate) who will act as chairperson (voting)
  • Divisional Manager, Business Development (non voting)
  • Divisional Manager, Communications and Tourism (non voting)
  • General Manager and CFO as a standing invitees to the meeting (non voting)

Selection criteria

Competencies of external representatives

  • Ability to contribute towards positive outcomes for the local economy.
  • Ability to gain commitment and support from industry for local initiatives.
  • Ability to represent and reflect the different segments of industry (e.g. industrial, retail, hospitality etc.) and the economic, social, cultural and geographic diversity of the area.
  • Ability to advise Council on a broad range of economic related issues and to champion Council's position.
  • Understanding of economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges facing business in Eurobodalla.
  • Is of generally good character, with no notable history of criminal conviction, business impropriety or financial misconduct.

Desired expertise in one or more of the following areas

  • Business Development at local and/or regional levels.
  • Business, management or marketing.
  • Business networks.
  • Community initiatives that contribute to the local economy.

Expressions of Interest and Appointments

Council will advertise positions on the committee through media and corporate communication channels.

Appointments will be merit based on meeting the selection criteria, and made by Council.

Delegations of Committee

To advise Council

Reporting Hierarchy

Recommendations and Council response will be communicated through the General Manager.

Contact Officer

Contact officer for the committee is Divisional Manager, Business Development and Events.

Responsibilities of committee members

  • To advise and make recommendations to Council on matters relating to business and the economy
  • To give advice to the best of their knowledge and ability that will help achieve the objectives of the committee
  • To provide general advice to the Divisional Manager, Business Development
  • Facilitate in a timely way any tasks allocated to and accepted by them
  • Behave in a manner that respects the interests and viewpoints of other members
  • Declare any potential or actual conflicts of interests on matters that are brought before the Committee
  • All committee members will abide by the Council's Policy for Code of Meeting Practice and the Division of Local Government Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW.
  • To provide representation for and advice from the broader industry and keep industry informed of Council's plans & actions
  • To chair the meeting and exercise functions as determined by the committee.
  • To be the spokesperson for the committee as directed by the committee.
  • To advocate for the committee and represent its decisions.
  • To sign off minutes endorsed by the committee.
  • Extraordinary meetings can be called by the approval of the Chairperson.

Responsibilities of the Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Committee can exercise the power of expulsion of persons not recognised as being entitled to be present at a meeting of the Committee.

Responsibilities of Council

Council will provide secretarial support, including minute taking and professional officer support, as appropriate.

The ongoing role of the committee will be reviewed annually.  Relevant matters will be referred to the committee for consideration.  Committee recommendations will be referred to Council for action.

Council at its discretion may review the role or structure of the Committee.

General meetings

  • The Committee is to meet a minimum four (4) times per annum at times and dates to be agreed at the first meeting
  • Meeting will be held in accordance with Council's Code of Meeting Practice.
  • Other interested individuals may be invited to attend meetings as observers and invited to present to the meeting, however they will only be recognised by consent of the Chairperson

Distribution of Information

Minutes are to be distributed to Councillors through the Councillors newsletter.

Media releases are approved by the Chairperson of the committee and distributed by Council according to Council's Media Policy.

The Chairperson is the spokesperson for the Committee.

Individual committee members may not issue a media release on behalf of the Committee.

Variation to the Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference may be added to, repealed or amended by resolution of the Council, in consultation with or upon the recommendation of the Committee.

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