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Community gets active at Council Meetings

Community's voice gets heard in Council Meetings.

By Portal Admin - 4th March 2018 - Back to News

The first Latrobe City Council Meeting of the year was standing room only in the public gallery and Mayor, Councillor Darrell White could not be more thrilled with the communityís level of participation.

"This Council Meeting was a tremendous example of democracy in action. Our Chamber is a place where the community can have an active voice bringing issues and opinions to the attention of Councillors," Cr White said.

Speakers presenting at the 5 February Council Meeting included the laying on the table of a petition regarding the future of the Hazelwood Pondage caravan park facility; Our Future Our Place, Morwell and the use of Kingsford Street Reserve, Moe; and a plea from local Neighbourhood House representatives urging Council to call on the Minister to increase their state funding.

"Presenting to Council is not as daunting as some may fear and we will even share a cup of tea and a biscuit afterwards," Cr White said.

"Community members are allocated three minutes to speak on an item that is listed on the Council meeting agenda by phoning Latrobe City Council on 1300 367 700 prior to 12noon on the day of the meeting.

"Council is trialling Facebook Live to broadcast meetings online. If you are thinking of coming in to make a presentation, I recommend watching the live stream or video so you can see in advance what the experience is likely to be and familiarise yourself with the protocols involved."

Council Meetings are generally held the first Monday of the month from 6pm at Latrobe City Council Headquarters, 141 Commercial Road, Morwell. The next meeting will be held on Monday, 5 February.

The Chamber is a place where the community can have an active voice bringing issues and opinions to the attention of Councillors.


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