A member of the public who wishes to address Council in relation to a report before Council for discussion or address Council in relation to any particular topic is required to complete the Request to Address Council form (PDF, 84.15 KB). This form must be received by Council by 2pm on the day of the Council meeting. They will be allocated 3 minutes to speak on the item.
The public forum operates under the following provisions:
- The Public Forum session is limited to 30 minutes.
- Each speaker will be limited to asking one question which must not exceed 3 minutes including, if the speaker or the Chairperson considers it appropriate for the purposes of clarification, a brief explanation of the reasons for the question.
- A person cannot ask a question relating to an item listed on the agenda/business paper for consideration at the Council meeting that evening.
- All questions must be submitted on a duly completed and signed application form (the (‘Request to Address Council Form’) and lodged with the Public Officer or General Manager by 2pm on the day of the meeting.
- The speaker must address the Council courteously and must only speak on the topic of their question as submitted.
- The speaker must refrain from making allegations about individual Councillors, Council Staff or other members of the Community.
For further information, read through the Code of Meeting Practice (PDF, 225.63 KB).