Mayor's message - 15 July 2019

Posted at 10:32AM on 8 August 2019

This month marks the start of some important changes to Council meetings, designed to make them more accessible and transparent to the public. This is in line with the NSW Government’s policy introduced to improve transparency in local government decision-making.

Council meetings will move to a monthly cycle, instead of fortnightly, with the first monthly meeting to be held on Tuesday 23 July.

At each monthly meeting, the Council will meet to vote on agenda items.

Please note changes brought in by the State Government require that speakers will no longer address Councillors at Council meetings, although meetings will remain open to the public.

Instead, the public will be able to address the Council at the new monthly Public Forum, starting on Tuesday 16 July from 6pm.

This is where residents can speak to the Council about agenda items or any other matters in the public interest a week prior to each Council meeting.

The business paper for each Council meeting will be available from the second Tuesday in the month. So for the July Council meeting, the agenda will be available on our website from Tuesday 10 July, with printed copies available the next day.

The advantages of the new system are that Councillors now have two weeks to consider agenda items. They also have a clear week to consider any concerns or issues raised by residents at  the Public Forum.

To speak at a Public Forum, you must pre-register by 5pm the day before. Click here to find out more and to register.

Full details of the changes including Council meeting and public forum dates are available on our website. Or simply call our customer service centre on 9424 0000 who will be able to help you with any enquiry.

An important document for Ku-ring-gai is on public exhibition until Monday 12 August for your feedback. The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) has been prepared under the direction of the NSW Government. It provides an outline of how all land in Ku-ring-gai will be planned and managed over the next 20 years.

Click here to have your say on the LSPS or attend an information session in July to find out more.