NEW Maroondah mayor Nora Lamont says she wants the council to be more approachable.
In her first week in the top job, Cr Lamont said she felt most residents did not know what the council actually does, and she wanted this understanding of its duties and responsibilities to improve.
"One of the main goals is to be more accessible [to the public] and for people to understand what we do," she said.
"People are confused about what are state issues and what are council issues."
The council has already undertaken an 'education program' for the public in the past two years.
Cr Lamont wants to "take this to the next level" in her tenure as mayor.
She also said a mayoral 'open door policy' was something she would consider.
It comes after new Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell last week announced she would sit down with locals on a no-appointment basis for one Monday a month, from 9am to 1pm, to discuss local issues.
"It's something we haven't looked at yet but might be a possibility in future," Cr Lamont said.