CHARTER 2008 - 2009 Introduction Under Schedule 2 of the Authority’s Rules, the purpose of the Charter is to 1. state the broad expectations of the Board and the representatives as to • the broad purpose of the Authority, • the major or broad issues and goals the Authority will seek to address and/or pursue, and • the proposed methods or ways the Authority will use to pursue that purpose 2. make provision for the Authority to act in the furtherance of its functions and powers by responding to important issues affecting the Region which are not specifically identified in the charter. The Charter is reviewed annually by the Board for approval by the Representatives and is to be read in conjunction with the Authority’s Annual Budget and Annual Plan for the same year.
Description The Cradle Coast Authority is a joint authority formed under the Tasmanian Local Government Act (1993) by the local government councils of Burnie City, Central Coast, Circular Head, Devonport City, Kentish, King Island, Latrobe, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast (the participating Councils). The Cradle Coast region comprises the combined areas of the Authority’s participating councils. The Authority is governed by a two-tiered structure comprising two representatives from each participating council (‘the Representatives’) and a skills-based board of directors (‘the Board’). The Representatives appoint and review the Board, approve the Authority’s guiding documents and meet quarterly to review progress against the Annual Plan and Annual Budget. The Board comprises eight directors: five persons with skills covering agriculture, industry, commerce, education/training and tourism in the region, appointed from public nominations; two persons appointed from participating council nominations and one director appointed from nominations from council general managers.
Approved by Representatives – 29 May 2008
Purpose Under the its Rules, the Authority may exercise its functions and powers for the following purposes: • • • • • •
to provide leadership for the Cradle Coast Region and the participating councils; or to promote and achieve economic development (including tourism development) for the Cradle Coast Region which may be achieved through economic development (including tourism development) in any single municipal area; or to act as advocate and lobbyist (including seeking grants or other funding) for the Cradle Coast Region and or any 2 or more of the participating councils with all forms of government and with business and community organisations and groups; or to provide for means of cooperation between the participating councils; or to do anything for or on behalf of any one or more of the participating councils; or to do anything for or on behalf of any other council, government entity, or business on a fee for service basis.
Core roles In 2008-2009, the core roles or functions by which the Authority will fulfil its purpose, supported by annual contributions from its member Councils, external grants and other income, include • • • • • • • •
Representation and advocacy of the region’s interests Regional leadership and coordination Strategic planning and research Development and management of externally-funded projects Brokering and facilitation of other regional projects, funding and services Building regional skills and capabilities Development of strategic partnerships and service agreements with other levels of government Other roles and functions as directed, or agreed to, by the Representatives
Major issues The major regional issues or themes that the Authority will seek to address or pursue in 2008-2009, through various combinations of its core roles and functions, include • • • • • • • • •
Tourism Natural Resource Management (NRM) Health Education & workforce development Industry development Transport Local Government Water resources Other issues identified by the Board or Councils, and agreed to by the Representatives
Specific activities addressing each major issue are outlined in the Authority’s Annual Plan for 20082009 (attached), which will be reported against at quarterly meetings of the Representatives.
Approved by Representatives – 29 May 2008