The public is welcome to attend all Cloncurry Shire Council ordinary meetings, however, the ‘confidential’ section of an ordinary meeting is closed to the public.
Can I speak at a Council ordinary meeting?
Yes. Council has ‘Standing Orders’ that govern how the meeting must be conducted. The Standing Orders include ‘Deputations’. A deputation is the section of an ordinary meeting where an individual or small group with a nominated speaker may address (speak to) a Council meeting.
When will I be allowed to speak?
Council agendas set out the ‘order of business’ for the meeting. The Mayor is the Chairperson and is in charge of making sure all attendees adhere to the order of business as set out in the agenda.
As a general rule, deputations are heard early in the meeting process, however, it may be possible for the ‘deputation’ to speak at another time (for example, just before an item requiring a Resolution that is the reason for the deputation attending the meeting). When a person speaks may be negotiated with the Council Officer who creates the agenda.
Are there rules regarding what I can say?
Yes. The standing orders are written rules for the orderly conduct of the meeting.
- Adhere to the time allotted to speak
- Must not use offensive or insulting language
- Respect the Chairpersons requests regarding speaking
For further information regarding meeting procedures and addressing Council please contact Council on (07) 4742 4100
Further information can also be found on the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs at http://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/local-government/accountability/councillors-accountability-for-ethical-and-legal-behaviour/model-meeting-procedures.html