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Council Meetings

On 19 June 2020 the Acting Minister for Local Government appointed the Panel of Administrators for the City of Whittlesea and appointed Ms Lydia Wilson as Chair of the Panel. The Panel of Administrators comprises of Ms Lydia Wilson, Ms Peita Duncan and Mr Chris Eddy who will undertake the duties of the Council of the City of Whittlesea until the October 2024 Local Government Election.

Meeting dates

2022

  • 21 November 2022 - Council Chamber, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang - 6.30pm
  • 12 December 2022 - Mernda Village Community Activity Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda - 7.30pm (Community Forum to be held prior to the meeting)

NB: At its meeting on 25 October 2021 Council resolved that the Council Meetings of 21 March, 27 June, 19 September and 12 December 2022 will commence at 6.30pm, if they need to be held remotely by electronic means in accordance with COVID safe measures.

Meeting agendas and minutes

  • Agendas are available Thursday afternoon prior to the meeting.
  • Minutes are available from 10am the Monday after the Council Meeting.

Live stream

You can now see how decisions are made by watching our Council Meetings live on YouTube.

You can turn on closed captions by clicking the “CC” icon at the bottom of the YouTube videos.

You'll also be able to view the meeting the next day as the link will remain on our website for at least a year.

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Governance Rules

The Governance Rules of the City of Whittlesea are made in accordance with section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020.

These Rules determine the way in which Council will:

  • Make decisions:
    • in the best interest of the City of Whittlesea community;
    • fairly and on the merits of the question;
    • in a way that ensures any person whose rights will be directly affected by a decision will be entitled to communicate their views and have their interests considered;
  • Elect its Mayor and Deputy Mayor;
  • Conduct Meetings of Council and Delegated Committees;
  • Give notice of Meetings and record and make available Meeting records (Minutes and livestreamed Meetings);
  • Be informed in its decision making through community engagement, Advisory Committees and Administrator/Councillor areas of responsibility, and Council Officer Reports;
  • Require the disclosure and management of conflicts of interest.

These Rules also include:

  • Rules for the conduct of Council and Councillors during Election Periods, through the Election Period Policy; and
  • An overview of alignment of the Governance Rules within Council’s democratic and corporate governance.

Council's Governance Rules were updated at its Council Meeting on 19 September 2022.

Asking questions at Council Meetings

Residents and ratepayers of the City of Whittlesea may submit questions up to the advertised commencement time of a scheduled Council Meeting. 

Council is committed to ensuring that all residents and ratepayers can contribute to Council’s democratic process so if you are unable to provide your question in writing and/or in English and would like to make alternate arrangements, please call our Governance Team before a Council Meeting on 9217 2294 to discuss other ways to submit your question.

You are not required to attend the Council Meeting for your question to be read out and a response provided at the meeting.

If you would like to speak to your question at the Council Meeting, please indicate this when submitting your question.

Please note, a maximum of two questions per person, can be submitted per meeting.

You can submit your question using the form below or by emailing info@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

Priority will be given to questions that relate to matters listed in the Agenda (including speaking to a Petition or Joint Letter) and those submitted prior to 12pm on day of the meeting.

Any questions submitted after 12pm on the day of the meeting may be read if there is sufficient time, otherwise, will be carried over to the next Council Meeting.

You can submit your question form by:

Council is committed to ensuring that all residents and ratepayers can contribute to Council’s democratic process so if you have any special requirements, please call our Governance Team before a Council Meeting on 9217 2294.

Attending Council Meetings

Any member of the public can attend Council Meetings to hear what is going on. 

The meetings involve decision-making on topics including:

  • Town planning
  • The construction of community facilities
  • Community services
  • A range of policies that guide the City's actions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Council Meetings

When attending a Council Meeting in person, you can choose to stay safe by wearing a mask and using the hand sanitiser provided.

Alternatively, you can watch the Council Meetings live using the City of Whittlesea YouTube channel, or view it online here.

 

Council Meeting procedures

You can find information about how Whittlesea Council is governed in our Governance Rules and the Common Seal and Conduct at Meetings Local Law 2020. The Governance Rules were adopted on 19 September 2022.

These documents regulate:

  • procedures and meeting processes for Scheduled Council Meetings, Additional Council Meetings, and Delegated Committee Meetings; 
  • use of the Council Common Seal; and
  • offence provisions relating to disorderly conduct at meetings and misuse of the Council Common Seal.