Wingecarribee Shire Council has a range of Committees that make decisions and give recommendations for their area of responsibility.

Please select a committee below to find out more;

Council also has a planning panel, that meets to make decisions about certain types of development proposals and applications; 

Committee Structure 

Following the election of a new Council, councillors are invited to review the structure of committees and advisory groups before officially adopting a framework.

Wingecarribee Shire Council originally endorsed a committee structure on 23 November 2016 for the 2016-2020 term. On 10 June 2020, Council extended this term by one year to 2021 to align with the extension to the Council term resulting from the decision by the NSW Government to postpone the 2020 local government elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor representatives and chairpersons are generally endorsed for a period of two years; however, due to the extension to the Council term the current appointments are for a one year period.     

However, for a three month period from 12 March 2021, Councillors are suspended from civic office as a result of a Suspension Order issued to Wingecarribee Shire Council by the NSW Minister for Local Government. The Suspension Order issued by the Minister also appointed Mr Viv May PSM as interim administrator of Council for the period during which Council is suspended by the Order. During the period of this appointment, Mr Viv May PSM has the following functions of Council:

  • To perform the role and function of the governing body of Council under the Act and any other Act.
  • To exercise the role of the governing body and councillors identified in sections 223, 232 and 226 of the Act.                                                                                     

A complete list of all committees, advisory committees, community reference groups and sunset working groups for the 2016-2021 term, and their purpose, is provided below:

WSC Adopted Committee Structure 2016-2021(PDF, 42KB)

WSC Councillor Positions on Committees and Groups 2020-2021 v1.2(PDF, 32KB)

As community representative vacancies arise they are listed at the link below. 

Terms of Reference

At its meeting on 8 February 2017, Council originally adopted its Committee Manual 2016 - 2020, which includes the Terms of Reference for each of Council's committees and reference groups. As is noted above, on 10 June 2020 Council resolved to extend this term by one year to 2021.

The revised Committee Manual 2016 - 2021, including the Terms of Reference, is provided below:

WSC Committee Manual 2016-2020(PDF, 1MB)

Council also has an Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, established to promote good governance at Council. The Committee’s scope of responsibilities reflect the prospective commencement of section 428A(2) of the Local Government Act 1993, which will prescribe a statutory obligation for the Committee to keep under review several aspects of Council’s operations. This is outlined in the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Terms of Reference, provided below:

Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Terms of Reference(PDF, 182KB)


Join a Council Advisory Committee or Reference Group

Membership of Council's advisory committees and reference groups for the 2016 - 2020 term was finalised in early 2017 however vacancies arise from time to time. 

Should a vacancy occur in an advisory committee or reference group, Council will call for nominations to fill the vacant position.