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Council Meetings commence at 2.00pm unless otherwise stated and are open to the Public.

Committee Meetings commence at 5.00pm unless otherwise stated. Committee Meetings are not open to the Public as the Committees do not have decision making powers.

 Council Meeting Calendar
January 2017
Council in Recess
February
Tuesday 7th Building Committee
Tuesday 14th Committees (Works and Finance)
Thursday 23rd Council
March
Tuesday 21st Budget Review
Thursday 30th Council (5th Thursday)
April
Tuesday 11th Building Committee
Tuesday 18th  Committees (Works and Finance) 
Thursday 27th Council
May
Thursday 25th Council
June
Tuesday 13th Building Committee 
Tuesday 20th  Committees (Works and Finance)
Thursday 29th Council (5th Thursday)
July
Thursday 27th Council 
August
Tuesday 15th Building Committee
Tuesday 22nd Committees (Works and Finance)
Thursday 31st Council (5th Thursday)
September
Thursday 28th Council
October
Tuesday 10th Building Committee (1st Tuesday)
Tuesday 17th Committees (Works and Finance) (2nd Tuesday)
Thursday 26th Council
November
Thursday 30th Council (5th Thursday)
December
Tuesday 12th Building Committee (2nd Tuesday)
Wednesday 13th Committees (Works and Finance) (2nd Wednesday)
Thursday 21st Council (3rd Thursday) commencing at 12.00 noon

Minutes

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Public Question Time

Public Question Time Form

Objective

To provide for and support open and accountable local government through provision of a public question period at all Council Meetings.

Procedure

To ensure correct recording of questions, Community Members are requested to submit questions in writing at or prior to the Meeting. The Shire of Quairading retains the right to summarise the questions and responses in the minutes. Statements and claims to support the question may not be published in the Minutes.

Note: Operational and administration matters should be referred directly to the Chief Executive Officer as and when issues arise for immediate response and action rather than refer them to the governance format of Council Meetings.

The Local Government Act prescribes the following:

“Procedures for question time for the public – s. 5.24(2)

(1) Procedures for the asking of and responding to questions raised by members of the public at a meeting referred to in regulation 6(1) are to be determined –

  1. by the person presiding at the meeting; or
  2. in the case where the majority of members of the Council or Committee present at the meeting disagree with the person presiding, by the majority of those members,

having regard to the requirements of subregulations (2) and (3).

(2) The time allocated to the asking of and responding to questions raised by members of the public at a meeting referred to in regulation 6(1) is to precede the discussion of any matter that requires a decision to be made by the Council or the Committee, as the case may be.

(3) Each member of the public who wishes to ask a question at a meeting referred to in regulation 6(1) is to be given an equal and fair opportunity to ask the question and receive a response.

(4) Nothing in subregulation (3) requires –

  1. a Council to answer a question that does not relate to a matter affecting the local government;
  2. a Council at a special meeting to answer a question that does not relate to the purpose of the meeting; or
  3. a Committee to answer a question that does not relate to a function of the Committee.”

Question time during Council Meetings will be for a minimum time of 15 minutes and no longer than 45 minutes.

Where questions are not submitted in writing, the Presiding Officer or the Chief Executive Officer shall phrase the question to be recorded in the minutes.

Comment

Public Question Time is provided to complement the role for the Council, which is to:

  • Direct and control the local government’s affairs;
  • Be responsible for the performance of the local government’s functions;
  • Oversee the allocations of the local government’s finances and resources;
  • Determine the local government’s policies.

The Shire President will be responsible for the conduct of public question time. Questions should relate to the business of the Council and should not be in the form of a statement or a personal opinion. Members of the public are not permitted to interrupt or enter into any conversation or debate during the meeting.

Written questions submitted prior to the meeting will be given priority and verbal questions will be addressed if time permits.

The Shire President may limit verbal questions from individual members of the public at the Council meeting within the time allocated for public question time and the Shire President will determine the order of questions taken.

Questions asked that contain defamatory remarks, offensive language, innuendo or inappropriate intent will be deemed inappropriate and not answered.

Where a person does not comply with these objectives, or behaviour is deemed inappropriate by the Chairperson, they may be asked to leave the meeting.

The person asking the question shall state their name and address.

The Shire President will determine if the question is in order and endeavor to have every question answered. The Shire President may answer or may direct the question to an appropriate Councillor or Officer for a response. However if the answer is not known or requires further research or detail, then the question will be taken on notice and a response will be supplied in writing to the individual. This response will be published in the minutes of the next Council Meeting.

It is the intention that all members of the public at the meeting shall be given equal and fair opportunity to ask questions and receive a response, rather than the opportunity for debate. The Chairman or majority of Councillors may determine when an individual has had an equal and fair opportunity.

Please Note

For Public Question Time at Special Council Meetings, questions are restricted to items that are on the agenda.