Council adopted Governance Rules to inform how it will conduct council meetings and make decisions on 1 September 2020, as required by the Local Government Act 2020.
The new Governance Rules replace the Local Law No 1 – 2013 (Governance Local Law).
Following community consultation on the proposed new rules in July and August 2020, new items include:
- Increasing the number of signatures required for paper petitions to 15
- Accepting e-petitions with at least 50 signatures
- Speaking time reduced to two minutes, facilitating an unlimited number of speakers
- A group or association must nominate only one spokesperson for an issue
- Requests to be heard and questions must be submitted before 9am on the day of a meeting.
Members of the public cannot currently attend or speak at Council and Committee meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions, with meetings held remotely and live-streamed. Alternative arrangements are in place for members of the community to be heard in relation to eligible items listed on the agenda, or to submit a public question.
Following the local government elections in October, these Governance Rules will be reviewed by the new Council within the first year of its term.