Got a question for council? Make it brief

By Lachlan Durling

CAMPASPE Shire Council is laying down the law for rogue ratepayers in council meetings to stick to their questions during question time.

The local law was adopted late last year and outlines changes to the deadline for question submission and requesting to speak at a meeting.

The submission deadline to ask a question is now no later than noon on the day of the meeting.

Questions will be announced during the question time section, held in the first part of the council meeting, and if appropriate, an answer will be provided.

No debate or discussion of questions or answers is permitted, and all questions and answers must be as brief as possible.

Corporate services general manager Fleur Cousins said from the community’s point of view, there were two key changes relating to deadlines for submitting a question for question time and requesting to speak to an item.

"An earlier deadline for submissions to participate in council meetings will provide councillors and staff a more realistic timeframe to understand topics and questions of interest,” Ms Cousins said.

"Asking a question or requesting to speak to an item is an important opportunity for members of the public to address queries or concerns to councillors and council staff at a council meeting.”

Members of the public are able to submit questions for council to answer by completing a form.

The other opportunity for the community to participate in the meeting is by asking to speak to an item on the council agenda for that meeting.

A written request, including an agenda item number, must be made 24 hours prior the Council meeting.

"We encourage people to submit their requests using an online form available on council’s website,” Ms Cousins said.

Forms are also available to download, complete and deliver to a customer service centre.

Full details are available on council's website.

The Local Law was open for public submission, with no submissions received.