Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Public Question Time is undergoing an overhaul at Strathbogie Shire Council’s meetings.
As part of Council’s commitment to transparency, and to ensure all customer enquiries are dealt with efficiently and effectively, residents can now submit their questions before the monthly Ordinary Meeting takes place.
Now, residents can fill out a form either in person at our Council office in Euroa, the Ordinary Meeting location or online, and indicate their intention to ask a question and give further detail on any issue/s at hand.
This will ensure the issue is dealt with promptly and Councillors/Officers are well-informed ahead of the Ordinary Meeting.
Any question asked will need to ensure it meets the requirements of Council’s Meeting Procedure Local Law Number 1 (2014)
The questions (and answers) will also be made available in the Council Minutes.
According to Council’s Local Law 1, a period of 30 minutes shall be allocated to enable any member of the community to direct questions to Council.
"Questions are to be written and a person may not submit more than two questions at a meeting," the law states.
"A Councillor/Council Officer may require a question to be taken on notice until the next Ordinary Meeting or elect to submit a written answer to the person asking the question."
Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council was committed to good governance, stronger communication and better engagement with its residents.
"Having questions submitted prior to the meeting, as per the Local Law, will enable us to provide more informed responses and the minuting of these responses will help inform the community," she said.
"If residents need assistance with the process, please contact your local Councillor prior to the meeting."
Visit Council’s website to download the Question Time form or fill it in online before the third Tuesday of every month.
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