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How Council Works

The elected Council for Hornsby Shire is made up of 10 local residents: a popularly elected mayor and nine elected councillors.

The role of councillors is to direct and control the affairs of Council, representing the interests of residents while providing leadership and guidance to the community. The majority of decisions are made at Council meetings, which are held each month. It is the mayor’s role to preside at these meetings and act as the public face of Council.

The daily management of Hornsby Shire Council is the responsibility of the general manager. Council functions are divided into four divisions, each of which is controlled by a divisional manager who reports directly to the general manager. Those divisions are Infrastructure and Recreation, Environment and Human Services, Corporate Support, and Planning.

The general manager and divisional managers are guided by the Delivery Program, which outlines Council's main objectives and instructions.

For further information, please contact Council's Administration Centre on (02) 9847 6666, or email hsc@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Management

General Manager - Steven Head

Steven Head

As chief executive officer the general manager implements the decisions of Council’s elected representatives. He is also responsible for the day-to-day management of Council as a corporate organisation and provides the most direct link between the councillors and staff.

Deputy General Manager and Infrastructure and Recreation Manager - Robert Stephens

Bob Stephens

Robert manages the Infrastructure and Recreation Division which is responsible for Hornsby Shire’s infrastructure, including roads, drains, community buildings and amenities. There are more than 1,300 local roads that fall under Council’s control, as well as 25 regional roads, more than 260 kilometres of footpaths and around 200 kilometres of foreshore. Another important task is the construction and maintenance of public buildings, including community centres, libraries, childcare centres, public toilets, bus shelters and aquatic centres.

Robert, who is known by everybody as Bob, has worked in state and local government for more than 20 years. He has a degree in science and post-graduate qualifications in urban and regional planning.

Deputy General Manager and Corporate Support Division Manager - Gary Bensley

Gary Bensley

The Corporate Support Division is responsible for helping councillors and staff with a variety of services and facilities. Its duties include managing Council’s finances, human relations, customer service, administration, property services, information systems and communications.

Gary joined the public service in 1977, working for the NSW Department of Local Government, and joined the team at Hornsby Shire Council in 1990. He’s held a variety of roles since then and joined Council’s executive group in 2002. Gary has a degree in Economics obtained at the University of New England in Armidale.

Environment and Human Services Division Manager - Steve Federow

Steve Fedorow

‘Human services’ encompasses community services and the arts including the management of Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby Mall and 26 community centres throughout the Shire; public event management; as well as providing community development services with focus areas extending from young people to the aged.

Council’s library network provides members of our community with the opportunity to borrow digital and print resources in English and other community languages as well as a range of programs to encourage literacy within the community.

Steve is the Group Manager of the Environment and Human Services Division which encompasses the human side of Council’s services, as well as environmental management of our Shire. Steve is responsible for overseeing the provision of a diverse range of services including libraries, garbage and recycling services, community services and the arts, and management of our natural environment.

Steve has a degree in Environmental Health and has worked for Hornsby Shire Council since 2011.

Planning Division Manager - James Farrington

James Farrington

The Planning Division seeks to strike a sustainable balance between the needs of Hornsby Shire’s growing population and the protection of our natural environment. Its main responsibility is helping to decide what developments are allowed to proceed and the standards they need to meet.

James has a degree in town planning and has worked at Hornsby Shire Council since 1997. He is eager to prepare for the future housing and employment needs of residents through a planning framework that attracts investment and promotes sustainable development.