Council Committees - Section 355 Committees

What is a Section 355 Committee?

Council refers to Community Management Committees as Section 355 Committees. Section 355 is the section of the Local Government Act (1993)  that allows Council to delegate some of its functions to a Committee of Council. Along with Section 377, Council uses this delegation to appoint community people to manage facilities or functions.


How many Section 355 Committees are there ?

At present Murrumbidgee Council has resolved to delegate responsibility to 11 Section 355 Community Committees.


Section 355 Committees of Council

Committee Name

Councillor Representation

Coleambally Australia Day Committee

Cr Chirgwin

Jerilderie Australia Day Committee

Cr McRae, Cr Bryce

Coleambally Townlife Committee

Cr Chirgwin, Cr Brown

Darlington Point Townlife / Australia Day Committee

Cr Wells

Heritage Darlington Point

Cr Curphey

Balmeringa Management Committee

Cr Bryce, Cr Smith

Central Coree Sports Complex Management Committee

Cr McRae

Yamma Recreation Reserve Management Committee

Cr Chirgwin

Jerilderie Tidy Towns Committee

Cr Bryce,  Cr McRae

Murrumbidgee Business Chamber Cr McRae (alternate Cr Smith)
Murrumbidgee Economic & Tourism Advisory Group Cr McRae


How do I become a member of a Community Committee?

Membership to a Section 355 is open to any member of the public who wishes to be a member. To become a member, XXX and forward the minutes to Council for approval.

Council encourages community participation in a number of its functions. One way in which citizens can become involved is by becoming a member of a community committee.


Do Councillors or Council staff attend Committee meetings?

Councillors and Staff, at their discretion, may attend meetings of a Section 355 Community Committee to enable them to gauge the areas of concern of the community. They can assist in prioritising any proposals for improvement, growth and development plans of the area of responsibility of the Community Committee.


How do I get more information on Section 355 Committees?

For more information on Section 355 Committees or your local community committee please contact Council on 1300 676 243 or download the Section 355 Committees Operational Manual (coming soon).