Whitehorse City Council

Ordinary Council Meetings Public Question Time

At Ordinary Council Meetings members of the public can submit questions to Council as part of a public question time.

Questions submitted to the Council must be in writing, state the name and address of the person submitting the question and be in accordance with Appendix A of Council’s pdf icon  Meeting Procedures and Common Seal Local Law 2013 (240.73kB) (download the question form). An individual may submit two questions to any one meeting.

The form incorporating the question/s must be lodged in the question time box by 7pm on the night of the Ordinary Council Meeting. Individuals must be present at the meeting at the time the question/s is read out.

The Chairperson of the meeting may disallow a question if:

  • It relates to matters outside the duties, functions and powers of Council;
  • Is defamatory, indecent, abusive, offensive, irrelevant, trivial or objectionable in language or substance;
  • Deals with a subject matter already answered;
  • Is aimed at embarrassing a Councillor or a member of Council staff;
  • Or is confidential in nature in accordance with section 89(2) of the Local Government Act. 

All questions and answers must be as brief as possible and no discussion is allowed other than for purposes of clarification. 

The Chairperson may nominate a Councillor or member of Council staff to answer a question, alternatively a written answer may be provided to the question. 

The question, name and address of the person asking the question, together with the name of the Councillor or member of Council staff who responded to the question shall be read out in the public meeting and form part of the Minutes of the Council Meeting. If you wish only your name and not your address to be called out, please indicate this on the Question Time Form. 

If you have an issue to raise with Council you may wish to discuss the matter immediately after the meeting in the foyer area with the Chief Executive Officer or any other member of Council staff.