Attend and participate

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the public are not permitted to attend the chambers for the meetings. Instead, each meeting is livestreamed for viewing on our Council Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to watch).

Council meetings are open to the public, and you are welcome to attend.

Note: the public is not permitted to attend the ‘closed sessions’ of Council meetings. The Chair of the meeting will ask you to leave before the closed session starts.

You can participate by asking a question during Public Question Time, submitting a question on notice, by making a request to address a Council meeting, or by tabling a petition.

Public question time

15 minutes is allocated near the beginning of each Council meeting during which you may ask questions of Council.

Please note that:

  • you will be required to state your name and the suburb that you live in prior to asking the question
  • your question must be a question, not a comment
  • the meeting Chair may refuse to accept your question or may decide to take the question ‘on notice’ in which case it will be answered in writing at the next meeting of Council
  • your name, the question and the answer will be recorded in the meeting minutes.

Submitting a question on notice

To submit your question, send it by email to gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au.

Note that:

  • A question on notice is a question that you submit to in writing prior to the Council meeting, to be answered at the meeting.
  • Questions on notice must be received at least 7 days before the next Council Meeting.
  • You must be present at the Council meeting to ask your question.
  • An answer may be provided in the agenda for the meeting, or may be provided in writing at the Council meeting.
  • Both your question and the answer will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

Addressing a Council meeting 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the public are not permitted to attend the chambers for the meetings. Instead, each meeting is livestreamed for viewing on our Council Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to watch). Members of the public can submit questions (see above) instead of requests to address.

Members of the public can make a request to address a Council meeting about a particular topic, which can help Council to understand the issues affecting Glenorchy and better represent the interests of the community.

To submit a request to address a Council meeting, you can contact us at our Customer Service Centre or by email (please include a contact number in your message) before midday on the Friday before the meeting.

If you have not received a response by 4pm on the Friday before the Council meeting, please contact us again.  

Tabling a petition

If you wish to table a petition at a Council meeting, please discuss your intention with the General Manager or the Commissioner during the week before the Council meeting.

Any petition tabled must comply with the requirements listed in Section 57 of the Local Government Act 1993.

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