Engage with the democratic process through our meetings and briefings
Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Council Chambers, Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah. Meetings are open to the public with the exception of confidential matters.
People may request an AUSLAN interpreter for Council meetings. For more information and/or bookings please phone 1300 87 83 87 through the National Relay Service and ask to speak with the Mayor and Councillors Executive Assistant.
Public Access is held at the start of every Council meeting. Our Council meetings are now held virtually due to COVID-19 and public access will be conducted via phone. Community members can speak for up to four minutes on any agenda item included in the Business Paper. To be included in the public access session, please complete the form below and return to email@example.com.
Public Representation allows members of the public to speak for or against Council moving into confidential session. To speak during Public Representation, community members must complete and return the form below by 10am the day before a meeting.
Councillor briefings and Public Forum sessions
Councillor briefings are held most Tuesday evenings so staff can provide background on issues or projects and Councillors have a chance to brainstorm and discuss.
The briefings are held in the Council Chambers from 6pm and everyone is welcome. Topics for each briefing can be found in our Calendar.
A Public Forum is held at the beginning of each Councillor briefing. This runs for a total of 15 minutes and enables community members to address Council on issues of importance to them.
There are some items that are unable to be raised as part of this forum (see application form for more details). In addition, the 15 minutes set aside for the Public Forum works on a first-in, best-dressed basis. To avoid disappointment we ask that anyone wishing to address Council during this time either contact our office or complete and return the Public Forum Session Application Form below by 4pm the day of the briefing.
People may request an AUSLAN interpreter for Council meetings. For more information and/or bookings please phone 1300 87 83 87 through the National Relay Service and ask to speak with the Mayor & Councillors Executive Assistant.