PUBLIC NOTICE OF CHANGES TO COUNCIL MEETING PLACE AND PUBLIC QUESTION TIME COVID-19

New Local Government Regulations have come into effect which enable local governments to host and attend Council and Committee meetings electronically in a public health emergency, which has been declared by the Federal and State Governments with respect to COVID-19.

In order to adhere to the social distancing and self-isolation rules that have been put into place, Council will be holding future Ordinary Council Meetings electronically, commencing from 16 April 2020. 

This format will continue until the public health emergency has passed.

Elected Members will attend the meetings electronically via a video conferencing platform and from a suitable place, which have both been determined by the Council .

The Regulations provide that the meeting(s) will be deemed to be open to the public if the Minutes are available for public inspection within 10 working days after the meeting.

Public Question Time will still remain an item on the Agenda however the format will change. Questions and comments need to be submitted to the Shire by 4.00pm on the Tuesday prior to the meeting.  The comments and questions need to relate to items that are on the Agenda, which is available for inspection the Friday prior to the meeting. Council and Officers will endeavour to answer any questions at the meeting.  A summary of both the question and the response will be recorded in the Minutes.

Regrettably, the COVID-19 public health emergency has meant that Council business needs to be conducted in a slightly different way. This notwithstanding, the Shire is committed to continuing to be open, transparent and accountable to the community and there are many other ways that people can make contact with the Shire, other than attendance at monthly Council meetings.

Elected Members are available to contact individually, should you wish to discuss any Shire or Council related matters.  Councillor contact details can be found on the Shire’s website at https://www.westonia.wa.gov.au/councillors.

Shire Officers can also be contacted by email, telephone or via the Shire website’s ‘Contact Us’ page. 

For further information please contact Jasmine Geier, Manager of Corporate Services on telephone 90467063 or email admin@westonia.wa.gov.au

 

Jamie Criddle

Chief Executive Officer

Council Meetings

Council advises that meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month in the Westonia Shire Council Chambers, 31 Wolfram St, Westonia commencing at 3.00 pm.(unless indicated otherwise) and are open to members of the public.

If you have any queries in relation to Council Meetings please do not hesitate to contact Council's Manager of Corporate Services – Jasmine Geier on 90467063 or Email: admin@westonia.wa.gov.au

Council Meetings dates for 2020

Meetings of Council commence at 3.00pm on the following dates for the year 2020

  • February – Thursday 20th
  • March – Thursday 19th
  • April – Thursday 16th
  • May – Thursday 21st
  • June – Thursday 18th
  • July – Thursday 16th
  • August – Thursday 20th
  • September–Thurs 17th
  • October – Thursday 15th
  • November–Thurs 19th
  • December – Thursday 17th;

 

Meeting Times

Councillors Briefing Session on Agenda at 1:30pm
Ordinary Council Meeting commences at 3:00pm.
Public Question Time commences as 3:15pm and is limited to 15 minutes.

Public Question Time

Public Question Time is near the start of each meeting where members of the public can ask questions of Council. Anyone wishing to direct a question to Council that may require research is encouraged to give prior notice using the Public Question Time Submission Form so that the answer is available at the meeting. If these questions cannot be readily answered at or during the meeting, Council will take the question on notice and respond either by letter or at the next Council meeting.

Please download, print and complete the Public Question Time Submission Form

Printed versions of the Public Question Time Submission Forms can be delivered to the Shire Administration 8 days prior to the Council Meeting either by post to PO Box 11, WESTONIA WA 6423 email to admin@westonia.wa.gov.au or in person to the  Shire Administration during business hours.

Changes

Local Public Notice will be given to any changes to date, time and place.
Council encourages openness at its meetings and the public is welcome to attend any meetings.

Further information can be obtained from the Chief Executive Officer on (08) 9046 7063 during normal business hours.

Past Meetings

Please see our past meetings here.