Public Participation

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Please note these procedures have been modified in response to the Public Health State of Emergency, as declared by the State Government in response to COVID-19.  Please visit Agenda Forums and Council Meetings for the latest updates about capacity limits.

Participation at Meetings

Members of the public are welcome to attend Agenda Forums and Council meetings. Matters of a confidential nature are considered and resolved behind closed doors and therefore closed to the public gallery.

The following information sheets will help you understand the process that takes place during the meetings and what you need to do if you wish to have your say. 

  • Deputations - A deputation is your opportunity to make a statement to Council on any item on a Council meeting agenda. Deputations will be received at agenda forums.
  • Public question time at Agenda Forums - Public question time at Agenda Forums is your opportunity to ask questions relating to any matter on the Council meeting agenda.
  • Public question time at Council meetings - Public question time at Council meetings is your opportunity to ask questions relating to any matter on the Council meeting agenda or any other matter relating the City. 
  • Public statement time - Public statement time is your opportunity to make a statement to Council about any general matter affecting the City. Public statement time is conducted at Council meetings.

 

Petitions

A petition is a request for action that is used to inform the Council about the views of sections of the community. Any elector or group of electors may petition the Council to take some form of action over a particular issue.

The City has a number of requirements for petitions to ensure their authenticity.

If you wish to draw up a petition, read the Petition Information Sheet(PDF, 112KB) to understand the City's process for petitions. You can also download a Form Exemplar(PDF, 17KB) to use for your petition.