Powers of Council
Council only has the power conferred on it by the Victorian Parliament. These powers are listed in the Local Government Act 2020.
Part 2 Division 1 (sections 8-11) of the Local Government Act identifies the role and powers of Council, and outline the governance principles that Council must adhere to in the performance of its role.
The Act states, "a Council has the power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connection with the performance of its role (s.10(1)), but this broad power is limited by any restrictions imposed by the Local Government Act or any other Act.
The Victorian Constitution recognises local government as "a distinct and essential tier of government consisting of democratically elected Councils having the functions and powers that the Parliament considers are necessary to ensure the peace, order and good government of each municipal district" (s. 74A(1)).
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