Public Question Time

Residents and ratepayers can submit questions in writing for Council to answer at its monthly meetings.

The deadline for questions is 2pm on the day of the Council meeting.

The next Council meeting is on Tuesday 28 August so the deadline for questions is 2pm on 28 August 2018.

Questions need to be limited to a total of 200 words.

Please read guidelines for Public Question Time.

More information: Meeting Procedure - Code 2017 (pdf, 119KB)

Questions to Council

Please submit your question online or use the below form:

Online submission

OR

Form to submit question to Council meeting (docx, 35KB)

Your completed form can be submitted via:

Enquiries: Council's Governance team on 9518 3696.

Privacy Statement

The purpose of collecting your personal details is so a written response to your question can be provided. If you do not provide this information, Council will be unable to provide you with a written response. Your phone details and email may assist Council is seeking clarification from you on the information you are seeking.

Your name will appear in the Council minutes along with the details of the question. Any other personal information on this form will only be disclosed to Councillors and Council Officers and will be retained on Council files until destroyed in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973.

Personal information collected on this form will be handled in accordance with the privacy principles in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and Council's Information Privacy Policy.

Public Question Time - Guidelines

  1. A person wishing to ask a question at an Ordinary Meeting must submit their question in writing, in the form of Schedule 1 to this Code.
  2. Questions must be received prior to 2pm on the day of the Meeting.
  3. Question should not exceed 200 words and, if it does, only the first 200 words will be read to the Ordinary Meeting.
  4. Only questions from Residents and/or Ratepayers will be accepted.
  5. When the Ordinary Meeting moves to public question time, the Mayor shall:
    • call on each person who has submitted a question to ask their question verbally, if they wish (unless the Mayor has rejected the question, in accordance with clause 14.3 of the Local Law);
    • allow, at her or his discretion, the question to be read out by another member of the public on behalf of the person who submitted the question;
    • allow, at her or his discretion, a person asking a question to seek clarification on any point/s made in the answer provided;
    • give priority to questions relating to matters on the agenda for the Ordinary Meeting, in the order in which they are received;
    • allow a maximum of three questions on a particular topic, grouping questions together to permit a collective response, as appropriate;
    • nominate the appropriate Councillor or Officer to answer the question or elect to answer it herself/himself;
    • advise the Ordinary Meeting if questions have been submitted and rejected; and
    • distribute rejected questions to all Councillors by the end of the next working day.
  6. Public question time is limited to 20 minutes, unless otherwise resolved by Council.

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Last updated: 01 August 2018