Open and transparent meetings of Council underpin representative democracy and ensure public confidence in the decision-making processes.
Informal gatherings, where appropriate, provide a valuable opportunity to enhance the decision-making processes by providing opportunities for Elected Members to become better informed on issues and seek further clarification.
Pursuant to the Local Government (Accountability and Governance) Amendment Act 2015 Council is required to adopt an Informal Gatherings Policy.
Informal gatherings will be used solely for the purpose of generating ideas, sharing information and seeking further information.
Staff may receive guidance at informal gatherings as to what topics and information is to be presented to formal meetings. Informal gatherings are not to be used for building consensus positions, or making Council decisions in any way.
The register below lists upcoming informal gatherings for Elected Members.