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Council meetings
View Council and committee agendas and minutes

When and where are meetings held?
Who can attend a meeting?
How are meetings conducted?
How are decisions made?
Can I address a meeting?
Voting

When and where are meetings held?

Most meetings are held at the City Administrative Building, Bridge Road, Nowra.  If a meeting is to be held elsewhere the location will be on the agenda.

Council (Ordinary) meetings are usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4 pm in the Council Chambers (City Administrative Centre). Additional meetings may be scheduled at short notice. 

Council committee meetings are generally held on the 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month also at the City Administrative Centre.  Other committees are scheduled when required.

In September Council schedules the dates for the Council committees & ordinary meetings for the following November to October (although these may be changed at later dates for various reasons). Follow the link below for a list of dates.

2015/16 Meeting dates (27kb PDF) 

Who can attend a meeting?

Members of the public are welcome to attend Council and Committee meetings.

Occasionally Council may decide to close a part of a meeting. This will be because of specific reasons outlined in the Local Government Act, such as:
  • Privacy
  • Commercial reasons
  • Receiving legal advice  
Following discussion the meeting is reopened to the public and a report of the meeting presented.

How are meetings conducted?

The Local Government Act and Regulations details the overall framework for how meetings are conducted. Council has also adopted a Code of meeting practice (PDF 291 kb) which contains more detailed procedures for conducting Council and committee meetings.

How are decisions made?

Generally, Council (Ordinary) meetings review and confirm recommendations made by Committees. 

Councils meeting structure (PDF 13kb) contains more detailed information including how recommendations become resolutions and when agendas and minutes are available.

Can I address a meeting?

When a member of the public addresses a meeting it is referred to as a deputation.

While the public is not generally permitted to make deputations at Council meetings, you may be able to address a committee meeting with sufficient prior notice. The Mayor or General Manager may approve a public address to a Council meeting only for an urgent matter that has not come before a committee. Refer to the Code of meeting practice for more specific information about petitions and deputations to meetings. 

If you with to make a deputation to a Council or Committee meeting please contact the Executive Support Section (02) 4429 3264 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.  All deputations must be related to items listed on the agenda. 

Voting

Each Councillor has one vote at a Council meeting. The Chairperson, which is normally the Mayor, has a casting vote if the number of votes for each side of the debate are equal.

register of voting for planning decisions (new window) is available. Council is required to keep the register under section 375 of the Local Government Act.  The register contains the voting for all decisions relating to matters dealt with under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act eg. Development applications, LEP's, DCP's & Developer contribution plans.