Councillor Learners Plates…

The story so far….

I’m getting asked a lot of questions at the moment about how it works in becoming a Councillor etc. so I thought I’d share a little of the story as to what is happening behind the scenes.
As from the picture above, us new Councillors are still all in a”learners state”. 
There are night sessions running currently on information about how the council runs, who the people are who run the sections, how the organisation works, what feeds into what etc. 
Soon there will be sessions on Meeting practices,Policies, Code of Conduct, Bullying and Harrassment etc and then we have a special weekend away where the Councillors concentrate on Leadership skills and recognising personality styles and communication etc. 
Spending 48 hours with each other is going to be an interesting experience…
Soon we have a “dummy council meeting” on to practice running a council meeting etc. where we get the opportunity to put into practise what we have learned.
So even though it may look like not’s much happening publicly it’s because we still have our “training wheels” on as it’s a fine balance between “information stuffing” and “information overload”.
There are also some fabulous things we get to be a part of: Citizenship nights, opening nights at Glen St Theatre, Carers Week, etc .the public things that are the joyful parts of being part of the Community. 
One of our Councillors was lucky enough to be part of handing over a $10,000 cheque to the Women’s Refuge Centre based locally, she was glowing for hours afterwards!
So far we’ve had our “public photos” taken, email addresses allocated, mobile phones, keys to the mailbox… basically all the housekeeping has happened. Soon we should have our business cards (which will make life alot easier as I’m having all kinds of troubles remembering another new mobile no.)
Our first ‘real” council meeting is Tuesday October 23, it starts at 6pm. 
We hold a council meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month (December & Jan have different arrangements and I thank the many of you who have already phoned and/or emailed already.
I can only speak for myself but am enjoying the teaching so far and can’t wait to start being part of the process for achieving consultative community outcomes.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young” – Henry Ford.

2 responses to “Councillor Learners Plates…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great to hear that you are enjoying your new role as Councillor.
    Hope you have great time at your first Council meeting. Have Fun!

  2. Sue Heins says:

    Thank you Anonymous,

    To tell you the truth I am having a challenge learning the new language required for Council meetings….
    It is very different to the boards I have sat on previously so if I’m a little quiet it will be because I am just getting the hang of it and not wanting to look like a total goose! I’ve already been to one “Mock Council” meeting and looking forward to the 2nd one to see if I really do understand the entire process.