Our commitment: Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will foster unity, respect elders, celebrate courage, facilitate connection, refine for efficiency and acknowledge equality and govern with integrity.
All councils operate under various legislation. The primary legislation in which Yarrabah Council operates under is the Local Government Act 2009 (LGA09) The LGA09 empowers mayors and councillors and clearly puts them in charge of their councils.
As the executive arm, Yarrabah’s Mayor and Councillors make local laws and determine policy and other matters at a strategic level. They are responsible for determining and setting the overall direction of the local government and are ultimately directly responsible to the community for the council’s performance.
Under the legislation, the actions of mayors, councillors and local government employees must reflect the five local government principles:
While the LGA09 is the principal ‘head of power’ for the governance of Yarrabah, Council is also bound by the provisions of the following Acts (at a minimum):
A better quality of life through sponsoring a sense of purpose, respect and pride.
Working in unison and empowering the community to determine its own future.
The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council (YASC) wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land within the shire boundaries – the Gunggandji and Yidinji peoples; and the area agreements developed through previous negotiations that provide clear opportunities and processes for traditional owners to be formally involved in the land planning process.
The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council also wishes to acknowledge the historical people brought here to Yarrabah from various locations by government policies of the past.