(1) Exercise of functions generally The following general principles apply to the exercise of functions by councils:(a) Councils should provide strong and effective representation, leadership, planning and decision-making.(b) Councils should carry out functions in a way that provides the best possible value for residents and ratepayers.(c) Councils should plan strategically, using the integrated planning and reporting framework, for the provision of effective and efficient services and regulation to meet the diverse needs of the local community.(d) Councils should apply the integrated planning and reporting framework in carrying out their functions so as to achieve desired outcomes and continuous improvements.(e) Councils should work co-operatively with other councils and the State government to achieve desired outcomes for the local community.(f) Councils should manage lands and other assets so that current and future local community needs can be met in an affordable way.(g) Councils should work with others to secure appropriate services for local community needs.(h) Councils should act fairly, ethically and without bias in the interests of the local community.(i) Councils should be responsible employers and provide a consultative and supportive working environment for staff.
(2) Decision-making The following principles apply to decision-making by councils (subject to any other applicable law):(a) Councils should recognise diverse local community needs and interests.(b) Councils should consider social justice principles.(c) Councils should consider the long term and cumulative effects of actions on future generations.(d) Councils should consider the principles of ecologically sustainable development.(e) Council decision-making should be transparent and decision-makers are to be accountable for decisions and omissions.
(3) Community participation Councils should actively engage with their local communities, through the use of the integrated planning and reporting framework and other measures.