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Members of the public are able to address Council during Council meetings at Item 4.2 Public Question Time or Item 7 Deputations. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Standing Orders Local Law 2011 details the procedure for question time for the public and deputations. The Local Laws are available under Publications - Local Laws.
Public Question Time is a means by which members of the public can seek responses from Council about issues affecting the local government of which are concern to them. It also provides the Shire with a mechanism to identify issues of importance to the community.
Questions asked during Public Question Time must pertain only to business of Council. This includes any matter before Council at the meeting or any issue relating to the Shire.
Here are some important things to remember when you prepare and deliver your question to Council:
A maximum of 20 minutes will be allowed for public question time unless extended by the Presiding Member or decision of Council. To ensure that people are given an equal and fair opportunity and time is used efficiently, questions will be limited to two per person if there are a number of persons wishing to ask questions.
Questions must be asked by the author at the meeting. Prior to asking a question you must state your name and address. The Shire President may nominate a Shire officer to answer the question and may also determine that any complex questions requiring research be taken on notice and answered in writing.
A summary of each question asked and the response given will be included in the minutes of the meeting. Responses to questions that are taken on notice will be included in the agenda of the next ordinary meeting of Council.
If you wish to ask a question, please complete the Public Question Time Form and submit it to the Minutes and Agenda Officer prior to the commencement of the meeting. You can do this via email email@example.com or alternatively, the Minutes and Agenda Officer will be available 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting to receive completed submission forms.
A deputation is a presentation by a member of the public regarding an item on the agenda in which the speaker/s has a direct interest. A deputation must be requested in advance of the meeting and approved by the Shire President.
Below are a few things to remember about deputations:
If you would like to know more about the procedures for Public Question Time and Deputations, please contact the Shire’s Minutes and Agenda Officer on 9780 5205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Claire Schiller
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