Council and Committee Meetings

Bayside Council has 15 elected Councillors whose role is to direct the business of Council in accordance with the Local Government Act.

The Minister for Health and Medical Research has issued a Public Health Order restricting gatherings in indoor spaces. In addition, the NSW Government has passed a broad range of amendments to existing laws to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The Local Government Act has been amended to Council Meetings to be held electronically rather than by physical presence in the Council Chamber. Council is progressing to implement these new measures.

As such, the first stage of the process will be:

  • Councillors will participate in Council Meetings by audio-visual link instead of attending in person;

  • The Mayor (with a limited number of staff) will chair Council Meetings from the Chamber via audio-visual link to all Councillors;

  • Council will continue to live stream its Council Meetings on its Facebook page for the benefit of the public;

  • The physical attendance of the public to the Meetings and speaking at Meetings will be suspended;

  • At this time, the public forum will proceed by way of written submission (not to exceed three minutes when read) which is to be attached to as part of your Request To Speak form. The form including submission must be received by noon on the day of the Meeting and this will authorise Council to read out your submission at the Council Meeting and also allow it to be emailed to Councillors.

The next stage of the process is the option of enabling the public to speak on items via an audio-visual link. Council is reviewing its technical capability and further information will be provided as soon as available.

Council and Committee Meetings

Effective decision making demonstrates to the community and other stakeholders that we are operating with transparency, probity, and in the best interests of all concerned.

The elected Council is similar to a board of a public company as it oversees the activities of Council but is not involved in the day-to-day running of activities. We are supported by various Committees that provide advice on particular issues.

The business papers (agendas, reports and minutes) of the Council and various committees are available from the links below. The links to the ‘former’ Councils' business papers are for the last term of each former Council. Copies of business papers prior to September 2012 are available by request to Council’s Customer Service.

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