City of Subiaco Council will introduce a more efficient and transparent structure for council meetings starting in 2019. The new format features two functions to improve decision making and public access to information.
- Agenda briefing forums
- Ordinary council meetings
New public briefing forums
Council has introduced a monthly council agenda briefing forum as an opportunity for elected members to gain information on matters before they are considered at the ordinary council meeting the following week. The purpose of the session is for councillors to learn more about agenda items and ask questions without debate. The forum could include presentations from the Chief Executive Officer, relevant staff and external advisors as well as invited deputations.
The briefing forums will be open to the public, to ensure the community is also informed on issues affecting them. Agendas and records from the meeting will be made publicly available. This new process will help facilitate good decision-making and efficient proceedings at council meetings.
In 2019, the city will hold one council meeting a month. Council meetings are open to the public, with opportunities for community members to ask questions and make statements. Visit the attending a meeting of council page for a list of meeting dates for next year.
A special council meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 7 February to consider the draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 and the draft Local Planning Strategy. Two special council meetings have also been scheduled in October to swear in new councillors following the 2019 local government elections.
Planning for the future
Elected members will continue to meet regularly for strategic workshops providing them an opportunity to bring new ideas to the table, test concepts and initiatives with their fellow councillors and workshop ideas. New initiatives realised at strategic workshops will be presented publicly at agenda briefing forums, before being considered and decided on at council meetings.
These changes have come about following a review of a twelve month trial of the current meeting structure.