Public Question Time
Section 5.24 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides that members of the Public are able to ask questions at Council Meetings and Committee meetings that are open to the public. A period of 15 minutes is provided for Public Question Time.
What you need to know to complete this form
- Questions must relate to the business of the Council or the Committee.
- Questions must not take the form of a statement or a personal opinion.
- You must provide your name and address
- Questions are to be submitted 24 hours prior to the meeting.
- The member of the public may elect to attend and verbally ask the question themselves, or have the Chief Executive Officer read their question aloud
- If the question is provided the day before the meeting, a response will be provided at the meeting
- If the question is provided on the day of/at the meeting, a response will either be provided at the meeting or may be taken on notice (with a response provided and recorded in the next meeting agenda)
- No discussion of the question or answer can take place at the meeting
- The presiding member may reject a question that is considered either offensive or reflects adversely on the City, the council or an employee
Dealing with Public Questions
More details can be found here.