Council meetings

Council meeting rules
Over the eight and a half years that I have been on council we met twice a month with the exception of December and January
There was only one meeting in December and none during January, this represented 21 formal meetings
Council always moved that the business of council could still be carried out during the six-week break over the Christmas New Year period under delegated authority to the General Manager and Mayor
There were to be no major decisions regarding planning matters approved
Last year under health directions from the NSW Government during the Covid pandemic it was agreed to meet via Zoom and broadcast the council meetings on the council Face Book page
When council came back to a modified face to face meeting night in February it was agreed that we meet only one night a month. It was also agreed by all except one councillor that if a person was genuinely sick or unable to attend for some reason that they be allowed to participate via zoom.
Note: Under section 365 of the Act, councils are required to meet at least ten (10) times each year, each time in a different month unless the Minister for Local Government has approved a reduction in the number of times that a council is required to meet each year under section 365A.
These are the statutory meetings that councillors must attend unless they have given proper notice via an apology.
Other than this there are a number of working committees of council of which councillors attend. These include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee, Awards committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Roads Revue Committee, Traffic Committee, Strategic Property committee and Dollar for Dollar Committee. All councillors can attend these meetings.
Councillors have the opportunity to nominate which committees they want to be on, and all councillors are invited to be on and attend internal committees.
In addition to these formal committees the General Manager holds an Agenda briefing before each council meeting and invites councillors to this meeting and there are at least two additional briefing meetings during each month with the exception of December and January. While it is not compulsory for councillors to attend these briefings, it is in their best interests as information is relayed by council staff before it is moved to a full council meeting.
Outside of this there is Australia Day, Anzac Day, Reconciliation Week, Citizenship ceremonies and Academic Awards events that councillors can attend. Councillors also do workshops and councillor training during the year.
In summary councillors are required to do more than just attend One or Two formal council meetings per month.

Council meeting rules
Over the eight and a half years that I have been on council we met twice a month with the exception of December and January
There was only one meeting in December and none during January, this represented 21 formal meetings
Council always moved that the business of council could still be carried out during the six-week break over the Christmas New Year period under delegated authority to the General Manager and Mayor
There were to be no major decisions regarding planning matters approved
Last year under health directions from the NSW Government during the Covid pandemic it was agreed to meet via Zoom and broadcast the council meetings on the council Face Book page
When council came back to a modified face to face meeting night in February it was agreed that we meet only one night a month. It was also agreed by all except one councillor that if a person was genuinely sick or unable to attend for some reason that they be allowed to participate via zoom.
Note: Under section 365 of the Act, councils are required to meet at least ten (10) times each year, each time in a different month unless the Minister for Local Government has approved a reduction in the number of times that a council is required to meet each year under section 365A.
These are the statutory meetings that councillors must attend unless they have given proper notice via an apology.
Other than this there are a number of working committees of council of which councillors attend. These include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee, Awards committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Roads Revue Committee, Traffic Committee, Strategic Property committee and Dollar for Dollar Committee. All councillors can attend these meetings.
Councillors have the opportunity to nominate which committees they want to be on, and all councillors are invited to be on and attend internal committees.
In addition to these formal committees the General Manager holds an Agenda briefing before each council meeting and invites councillors to this meeting and there are at least two additional briefing meetings during each month with the exception of December and January. While it is not compulsory for councillors to attend these briefings, it is in their best interests as information is relayed by council staff before it is moved to a full council meeting.
Outside of this there is Australia Day, Anzac Day, Reconciliation Week, Citizenship ceremonies and Academic Awards events that councillors can attend. Councillors also do workshops and councillor training during the year.
In summary councillors are required to do more than just attend One or Two formal council meetings per month.

Council meeting rules
Over the eight and a half years that I have been on council we met twice a month with the exception of December and January
There was only one meeting in December and none during January, this represented 21 formal meetings
Council always moved that the business of council could still be carried out during the six-week break over the Christmas New Year period under delegated authority to the General Manager and Mayor
There were to be no major decisions regarding planning matters approved
Last year under health directions from the NSW Government during the Covid pandemic it was agreed to meet via Zoom and broadcast the council meetings on the council Face Book page
When council came back to a modified face to face meeting night in February it was agreed that we meet only one night a month. It was also agreed by all except one councillor that if a person was genuinely sick or unable to attend for some reason that they be allowed to participate via zoom.
Note: Under section 365 of the Act, councils are required to meet at least ten (10) times each year, each time in a different month unless the Minister for Local Government has approved a reduction in the number of times that a council is required to meet each year under section 365A.
These are the statutory meetings that councillors must attend unless they have given proper notice via an apology.
Other than this there are a number of working committees of council of which councillors attend. These include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee, Awards committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Roads Revue Committee, Traffic Committee, Strategic Property committee and Dollar for Dollar Committee. All councillors can attend these meetings.
Councillors have the opportunity to nominate which committees they want to be on, and all councillors are invited to be on and attend internal committees.
In addition to these formal committees the General Manager holds an Agenda briefing before each council meeting and invites councillors to this meeting and there are at least two additional briefing meetings during each month with the exception of December and January. While it is not compulsory for councillors to attend these briefings, it is in their best interests as information is relayed by council staff before it is moved to a full council meeting.
Outside of this there is Australia Day, Anzac Day, Reconciliation Week, Citizenship ceremonies and Academic Awards events that councillors can attend. Councillors also do workshops and councillor training during the year.
In summary councillors are required to do more than just attend One or Two formal council meetings per month.

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