The main decision making body of the council is called the cabinet, comprised of seven councillors elected to make decisions based on reports submitted by officers
Each member has their own area of responsibility, known as a portfolio, for example, economic development, finance, transport or communities.
The cabinet makes decisions based on reports by council officers.
The reports include an officer's recommendations and the reasons for it.
After discussing the report, the cabinet can agree, change or reject the recommendations.
The public can attend any council meeting, however, if information in an officer's report is exempt under the Local Government Act, some matters may be discussed without the public being present.
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