One of the most important functions undertaken by the Mayor and Council Members is attending Council meetings and participating in the decision-making process.
Decisions made at a formal Council meeting provide the direction and authority for the organisation's ongoing operations. These decisions give direction to the CEO and are implemented by staff.
Meetings also allow the Mayor and other Council Members to decide the Council's policy direction and make decisions on statutory matters.
Council is a corporate body and can only make decisions by resolution. This means a motion must to be put to a properly-convened meeting and can only be passed by a majority vote.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend Council and committee meetings. Meetings are only closed when topics of a confidential nature are being discussed, such as an individual's financial circumstances, a particular staff member, or legal matters.
While meetings are open to the public, except for previously-approved deputations, it is not possible to join in the debate or speak to Council Members during the meeting.
An agenda listing the issues and relevant reports for discussion at the meeting is made available to the public in advance so that everyone has the opportunity to be aware of matters before Council. Copies are available online three clear days before the meeting or hard copies can be viewed at the Council's Administration Centre or online at any of our three libraries.
The capacity of the Council Chambers Gallery is a maximum of 30 persons seated. Entry into the Chamber will be managed to ensure we stay within this limit. The proceedings will not be broadcast outside of the Chambers. A copy of the minutes and audio of the Council Meeting is available on our website by 5pm on the Friday following the meeting.
A schedule of all meetings including Council and Committee Meetings is provided below: