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Informal Gatherings

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.

Schedule of Informal Gatherings

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

Download: Informal Gatherings Policy - Temporary Arrangements (COVID-19)

More information

Contact the Council’s General Manager, Governance & Community Affairs on 08 8366 4549 or email: