Council 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 McRae

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 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, simply attend one of the committee meetings.

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).


Other Council Committees


Advisory Committee

Committee Name

Councillor Representation

Monash Park Users

 Cr Smith,  Cr McRae

Coleambally Sports Precinct Advisory Committee

Cr Black (alternate Cr Chirgwin and Cr Brown)

Boat Ramp Darlington Point-Advisory Committee

Cr Curphey, Cr Wells and Cr Gilbert

Darlington Point Master Landuse Plan Advisory Committee

Mayor, Cr Curphey, Cr Gilbert, Cr Wells


External Committees with Council Representation

Committee Name

Councillor Representation

CICL/Coleambally Environmental and Reference Committee (CERC)

Cr McRae (3 year term from 1 July 2020)

Kidman Way Promotional Committee

Cr McRae (voting delegate) (alternate Cr Chirgwin)

Newell Highway Promotional Committee

Cr McRae (alternate Cr Smith)

Mid Murray Zone Bushfire Management Committee

Cr Smith and Cr Bryce

Berrigan Jerilderie Community Network

Cr Smith

MIA Zone Bushfire Management Committee

Cr Chirgwin  (alternate Cr Black)

MIA Zone Rural Fire Service Liaison Committee

Cr Chirgwin

Murray Darling Association

Mayor (alternate Deputy Mayor)

Western Riverina Libraries Committee

Cr Smith (voting delegate)

South West Zone Library Committee

Cr Smith

Western Riverina Arts

Cr Bryce

Thrive Riverina

Cr McRae  

Roads and Maritime Services Consultative Committee

Mayor (alternate Deputy Mayor) 


Mayor (alternate Deputy Mayor)

Western Region Joint Planning Panel

Mayor and Deputy Mayor (alternate Cr Brown) 3 year appointment to May 2023


Internal Council Committee


Committee Name

Councillor Representation

Scholarship Committee

Council as a whole

Community Grants Committee

Council as a whole

Standing and Special Committees of Council

Committee Name

Councillor Representation

Internal Audit, Risk & Improvement Committee

Cr Smith and 2 independents-at least one with financial expertise

General Manager’s Review Committee

Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Darlington Point Caravan Park Committee

Mayor, Cr Wells, Cr Gilbert

Darlington Point Floodplain Risk

Management Committee (formerly DP Levee Committee)

Cr Curphey, Cr Gilbert, Cr Wells

Traffic Committee

Cr Black (voting delegate) (alternate Cr Smith)

Mr Ian Girdwood represents Mr J Clancy MP

Mr Shaun Gras represents Helen Dalton MP

Local Emergency Management Committee

Cr Black (alternate Cr McRae)