Questions for Council
Council has provided the opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of broad interest to Council and the community. Matters relating to routine Council works should be taken up with Council’s Customer Service Officers through its customer request system.
By the time planning matters have reached the council agenda, they have been through an extensive process as required by the Planning and Environment Act. In addition, in most instances mediation has been held between the parties involved. Throughout the process there are many opportunities for the people to ask questions. Therefore, no questions relating to planning matters on the Agenda will be accepted.
Public question time
The public question time is held at every Ordinary Meeting of Greater Bendigo City Council.
The public question time is held at the start of the meeting as close as practical to 6pm. A maximum of 30 minutes has been provided for registered questions.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, meetings of the Council are being held electronically. Therefore only written questions, lodged by 5pm on the day prior to the meeting can be accommodated at this time.
Questions lodged in writing by the deadline will be read out and answered by the Mayor or CEO or where appropriate, Councillors or Council Officers.
Acceptance of questions
Each person lodging a question of Council is required to include their name and address. Public question time is not an opportunity for making of statements or other comments. Council’s Meeting Procedure Local Law does not allow for comments as part of the question.
1. An individual may only ask one question per meeting.
2. In the event that the same or similar question is raised by more than one person, an answer may be given as a combined response.
3. In the event that time does not permit all questions registered to be answered, questions will be answered in writing or referred to the next meeting if appropriate.
4. The Mayor and or CEO have the right to decline registration on basis of:
- Legal proceedings;
- More appropriately addressed by other means;
- Vague or lacking in substance, irrelevant, frivolous, insulting offensive, improper, defamatory or demeaning;
- Answer likely to compromise his / her position;
- Confidential, commercial-in-confidence.
5. Each individual whose registration form has been accepted or declined will be advised by the day of the scheduled meeting.
6. In the event of a registration form being declined the registration form will be circulated to the Mayor or Councillors for information.