Have you say on amendments to Council's governance rules

The draft amendments proposed to the Central Goldfields Shire Council’s Governance Rules are in line with changes to the Local Government Act 2020.

The amendments include provisions relating to electronic attendance and participation in Council meetings as well as small amendments to apply more gender-neutral language in the document.

The Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Act 2022 to be introduced into the Local Government Act 2020 on 2 September 2022, makes permanent the temporary provisions relating to electronic attendance and participation in Council meetings which all Councils have been operating under for the past three years.

To comply with these legislative requirements, Council must amend its Governance Rules to reflect the permanent change.

‘The proposed amended Governance Rules include provisions to continue a hybrid approach, enabling attendees including Councillors and officers to attend meetings virtually and in person.

The preference will certainly continue that Council meetings be conducted in person; however, the Rules will allow the blended ‘hybrid’ approach and permanently prescribe how these meetings will be conducted.