Notice is given that at its Meeting on 26 September 2017, the City of Monash (Council) proposed to make a local law titled Meeting Procedures Local Law No.1 (the Proposed Local Law).
The following information about the proposed local law is provided in accordance with section 119 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act):
Purpose of the proposed local law:
If made, the purpose of the proposed local law will be to:
- provide for the orderly, fair and effective conduct of Meetings of Council and Special Committees; and
- provide for the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor (if one is appointed by Council) and Chairpersons of Special Committees.
General Purport of the proposed local law
The Proposed Local Law will, if made:
- revoke Council's existing Local Law No. 1 Meeting Procedures, made in 2007;
- require the Mayor, once elected, to chair all Council Meetings at which he or she is present;
- regulate the procedure for the Deputy Mayor or others to become Acting Chairperson in the Mayor's absence;
- regulate the proceedings of Ordinary and Special Council Meetings;
- regulate what business can be transacted at meetings of Council, and in what order;
- regulate the time limit for Council meetings;
- regulate the moving, seconding, carrying and withdrawal of motions (including notices of motion) or amendments;
- regulate the conduct of debates, and the taking and resolution of points of order;
- regulate the rescission or alteration of a previous resolution of Council;
- regulate the procedure for and effect of procedural motions;
- regulate the procedure for voting at Council meetings;
- create offences for:
- any person to engage in Disorderly Conduct;
- any person to falsely sign a petition;
- any person to operate audio tape or other recording equipment at a Council meeting without first obtaining consent;
- a Councillor not to withdraw an expression and apologise when directed by the Chairperson to do so;
- any person (other than a Councillor) to fail to leave the Council Chamber when requested by the Chairperson to do so;
- a Councillor to fail to leave the Council Chamber when a resolution directs it; and
- any person to fail to comply with a direction of the Chairperson in relation to the conduct of the meeting and the maintenance of order at that meeting;
- provide for the removal from the Council Chamber of any person who commits an offence;
- apply to meetings of Special Committees, with all necessary adaptations;
- regulate the procedure for the election of the Mayor, and Deputy Mayor, if one is appointed by Council; and
- provide for the service of infringement notices on those who commit an offence.
For more information, please see the report which Council considered at its meeting on 26 September 2017:
Report to Council meeting - Proposed Meeting Procedures Local Law (PDF, 112KB)
Proposed Local Law and Community Impact Statement:
Local Law Community Impact Statement (Meeting Procedures Local Law No. 1) (PDF, 141KB)
Draft Meeting Procedures Local Law No. 1 (PDF, 180KB)
Draft Meeting Procedures Code 2017 (PDF, 168KB)
A copy of the Proposed Local Law may be inspected at or obtained from the Council office at 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, Victoria. Office hours are 8.30am to 5pm.
Have Your Say
Any person may make a written submission relating to the Proposed Local Law.
All submissions received by the Council by Friday 3 November 2017 will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Act.
Any person making a submission is entitled to request (in the submission itself) to be heard in support of the submission before a meeting of Council or a Special Committee, either personally or by a person acting on his or her behalf, to be held on Tuesday 14 November 2017, at 7.30 pm, at the Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley.
Submissions should be lodged at the above office of the Council or posted to Council at Monash City Council, PO Box 1, Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150 and
Submissions should be marked ‘Section 223 Submission on Proposed Meeting Procedures Local Law No. 1 2017' and:
- lodged at the Council's office (Civic Centre), 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, or
- posted to Monash City Council, PO Box 1, Glen Waverley, Victoria 3150
Enquiries should be directed to Nick Andrianis, phone 9518 3696.
Dr Andi Diamond
Chief Executive Officer