Open and transparent Council meetings and Council Committee meetings underpin representative democracy and ensure public confidence in the Council’s decision-making processes.
Informal gatherings or discussions provide a valuable opportunity to enhance Council decision-making processes by providing opportunities for Elected Members to become better informed and seek clarification on issues.
Purpose of informal gatherings
A designated informal gathering or discussion will be used solely for the purpose of information sharing and not for the purpose of obtaining, or effectively obtaining, a decision on a matter outside a formally constituted meeting of the Council or a Council Committee.
An informal gathering which involves discussion of a matter that is not, or is not intended to be, part of the agenda for a formal meeting of the Council or Council Committee, is not a designated informal gathering or discussion.
Designated informal gatherings or discussions will be held at a place open to the public, except for when the Council or Chief Executive Officer has declared that the designated informal gathering or discussion may be held in confidence.
Download: Informal Gatherings Policy
Contact the Council’s General Manager, Governance & Community Affairs on 08 8366 4549 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org