Public Question Time and Meeting Guidelines
Important changes due to COVID-19
The conduct of Council Meetings is currently being undertaken in accordance with the COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020. This has necessarily meant that public attendance at meetings has been restricted.
Council is mindful of the need to ensure community safety and compliance with regard to the number of people who may gather and this obligation is balanced with the need to minimise disruption to the business of Council.
Previously, up to four (4) individuals making representations to planning applications have been permitted to pre-register and attend a Council meeting for their relevant agenda item.
From November 2020, overall numbers will be increased to seven (7) people in the public gallery of Council Chambers at once. Individuals making representations to planning applications will be afforded first priority followed by the general public, with media permitted if space allows.
At the conclusion of an agenda item, in the interest of equitable access for others, people may be asked to leave the Council Chambers after their representation to allow others to make theirs.
To ensure compliance with Council’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, those intending to attend must register their interest with Council’s Customer Service Centre by phoning 6393 5300. On arrival, attendees will be required to provide their name, address and contact number to support COVID-19 tracing in the event it is necessary.
Council will continue to ensure minutes and audio recordings of Council meetings are available on Council’s website and will review access for other people and media in due course.
These arrangements are subject to review based on any changing circumstance relating to the COVID-19 Disease Emergency.
Questions with and without notice
Questions With Notice
A maximum of two (2) Questions With Notice can be submitted. Questions With Notice must be received no later than seven (7) days before the scheduled meeting date.
Questions Without Notice
A maximum of two (2) Questions Without Notice can be submitted. Questions Without Notice must be received no later than 5pm the day before the scheduled meeting date.
How to submit your questions
Use the Questions With or Without Notice Form below to submit questions online.
Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org - please ensure you include your name, address and a contact number.
Please phone the Council office on 6393 5300
PO Box 102, Westbury Tasmania 7303 (Questions with notice only)
Hard copies of questions can be delivered to the Council office at 26 Lyall Street, Westbury during normal office hours. Hard copies of question registration forms are also available if you are unable to print these at home.
Submissions relating to Planning Applications
If you would like to table a submission regarding a Planning Application, please email a statement of no more than 300 words to email@example.com or mail it to PO Box 102, Westbury, Tasmania 7303. Please ensure your statement is received by the closing date. To view current advertised Planning Applications and their submission closing dates, click here
Submissions will be read out on your behalf, by a Council officer at the scheduled Council meeting. Alternatively, if you wish to speak to your submission, you can do so via phone conference. Please indicate this preference and include a contact phone number in your written statement.
If you require assistance submitting questions or help using the online form, please phone Council on 6393 5300.
Questions With or Without Notice Form
Council meeting procedures
Council meetings are undertaken in accordance with legislation. Information about meeting procedures and other relevant legislation can be found on the Local Government Association Tasmania website.
Public Question Time
In accordance with the Local Government (Meeting Procedures) Regulations 2015, a period of thirty minutes for “public question time” is set aside at Ordinary Council Meetings for members of the community to ask questions relating to Council activities.
Council provides the opportunity for members of the public to make a statement at Council meetings. For information about deputations, see the Helpful Documents sidebar to the right on this page.