In accordance with Section 5.24 of the Local Government Act 1995, Council conducts a public question time at the commencement of every ordinary meeting, every special meeting and every meeting of a Committee to which Council has delegated a power or duty.
The procedure for public question time is as follows;
A minimum time of 15 minutes is allocated for public question time. Council does not set a maximum time, however to enable all speakers to address Council or ask questions Council does restrict each speaker to 5 minutes. A buzzer will sound at 4 minutes to indicate to the speaker that they have one minute to conclude their address.
A member of the public who raises a question or wishes to address Council is to state his/her name and address.
A question may be taken on notice for later response.
When a question is taken on notice a response is to be given to the member of the public in writing by the CEO and a copy or summary of the question and response is to be included in the agenda for the information of the public and Councillors (as to the response) for the next ordinary meeting of Council or the Committee.
Every question and every address shall relate to the business of Council (or relevant Committee), but need not be restructured to items on the relevant agenda, but must be submitted as briefly and concisely as possible. If more than one question/issue is to be raised by a member of the public, the questions/issues are to be asked individually to allow the presiding person to respond.
In responding to issues/questions raised the presiding person may invite other Councillors, the CEO or relevant Officers of Council to make comment.
** The end time of this meeting may vary from that which is stated above **
The Shire President hereby provides public notice that a Special Meeting of Electors will be held on Friday, 19 December 2014, in the Council Chambers at 953 South Coast Highway, Denmark, commencing at 5.00pm.
The meeting is convened at the request of approximately 270 Electors of the Shire of Denmark for the following purpose.
“The details of the matter to be discussed at the special meeting concern the Application for Planning for the “Denmark Thrills and Spills Adventure Park” and matters arising from the Application including but not restricted to:
Inadequacy of public/community consultation process in this matter
Council responsibility to preserve amenity of local residents in neighbouring residential zones
Adherence to Town Planning Scheme 3
Inappropriate nature of the nominated site
Effects on property value and loss of amenity to local residents
Impact on local businesses
Hours of operation
‘After Hours’ activity and service/maintenance vehicles
Signage, perimeter fencing and security
Venue permit and potential for expansion
Traffic management and vehicle flow
Traffic impact on local roads and town centre
Waste management and removal
Staffing levels, health and safety
Accreditation, training and standards
Any other related matters of concern to local residents.”
All Electors of the Shire of Denmark are welcome to attend the Meeting with discussion limited to the above topic, pursuant to Section 5.28 of the Local Government Act 1995.