About the Grey District Council

The Council is made up of two key bodies:

​The Mayor and elected members. The elected representatives are drawn from four wards: Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern. The Mayor and Councillors are elected every three years.​The corporate organisation led by the Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible to the elected Council for ensuring the effective, efficient and economic management of all the Council's activities.

The Council decides the range of services and activities to be provided, sets the policy for these services and activities, delegates the implementation of these to the staff and monitors their performance.

In general, the Grey District Council is responsible for the following activities/services:

  • Co-ordinating the provision of essential services, eg:
    • Water supply to provide clean water for home, business and emergency use
    • Sewerage disposal systems
    • Stormwater and flood protection to protect the Grey District from floods as best as practical and affordable
    • Roading to maintain a safe transport network which meets our needs
    • Solid waste management, ie the safe disposal of refuse and provision of recycling services
    • Emergency management, ie Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery
  • Managing and protecting the environment and public health, eg:
    • Environmental management and monitoring to take care of community resources, eg Resource Management Act, District Plan 
    • Establish and enforce rules to help people be safe and healthy, such as liquor licensing, dog licenses and restaurant food safety
    • Park and town landscape maintenance
    • Recreation and leisure services to help our community stay healthy and happy by promoting active recreation and providing facilities such as swimming pools, playing fields and walking and cycling tracks
    • Providing special purpose community services and amenities, eg public libraries, public toilets, retirement housing
  • Improving community well-being, eg:
    • Working with community groups and agencies to help reach our common goals
    • Economic development 
    • Community development and advocacy 
    • Heritage and arts to advance the unique identity and special character of our community

A local authority can only undertake activities which are permitted by central government so whilst Council can exercise its initiative in deciding its aim and policies, it must do so only within the laws, regulations and requirements set down by central government.

Page reviewed: 04 May 2021 8:46am