Relationships are key to good governance in local government. This is due to the lack of governance structures found at the state and federal levels such as the existence of a formal governing party, an opposition, a cabinet of ministers and a speaker to manage the legislature.
Good relationships, which are based on understanding and agreements around roles, help the different elements of a local government to work together effectively.
This section features the most important local government relationships which help to promote good governance practices.
A good relationship between the mayor and councillors is fundamental to good governance.
The key to the relationship between the mayor and CEO is trust and good communication.
Good relationships between councillors are based on mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.
This is an important relationship which combines the roles of employer, advisor and supporter.
This is a complex relationship which is fundamental to achieving good governance.
Good relationships should ensure that there are no ‘surprises’ for councillors or the administration.
Good relationships help councillors achieve their goals.
Good relationships between the administration and council are based on a sophisticated understanding of each other’s roles.