Council meetings are live streamed for your convenience and can be viewed by following the links in the Watch Live: Meeting Broadcast section below.
All meetings are held at the Corporate Centre, 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale unless stated otherwise.
There are two ways to engage with Council at a Council meeting. You can:
You'll need to fill out a form and get it to us by the deadline. Forms are available below or at the meeting.
Petitioning is a way for people to show community support for a request or views on a matter and present it directly to Council.
Our Governance Rules (rule 7.7) set out the procedures to submit a petition, the circumstances under which a petition may be disallowed and the process for addressing and responding to the petition at, or after, the meeting.
Petitions submitted to Council must:
Where a petition has been signed by fewer than 10 people it will be treated as a joint letter and forwarded to the appropriate Council staff member for action as an operational item.
The Chief Executive Officer may determine that an electronic or online petition will be submitted to a Council meeting. The number of signatories to an online or electronic petition will be taken to be the number of signatories at the time the petition is provided to Council for submission to a Council meeting.
An online or electronic petition will not be presented to a Council meeting if it contains signatures that are false or misleading.
We have a petition template to help people prepare a petition that meets these requirements.
The original petition can be lodged with Council either in person at any of council's offices, by post or by email to email@example.com
The petition will be assessed by a Governance team member to ensure it meets the Governance Rules requirements. It will then go to the Chief Executive Officer to decide if the petition is meaningful. If it meets that criteria, the petition will be submitted to the next scheduled Council meeting.
Council will either:
The head petitioner will get an acknowledgment that the petition has been received and will be tabled at the next scheduled Council meeting.
After a petition is tabled, the head petitioner will be advised of the progress of the particular issue.
The process for conducting Council meetings is guided by Governance Rules.
The Governance Rules provide for Council to consider and make decisions on any matter fairly and on the merits and enable a person whose rights are directly affected by a decision to have their views heard and interest considered in the process.