Attend and participate

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

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 

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 your request, you can either:
• send an email to the Mayor at,
• write to the Mayor at PO Box 103, Glenorchy, Tas 7010, or
• drop your written request at our Customer Service Centre, 374 Main Road, Glenorchy

More information about addressing a Council meeting is available here.

Tabling a petition

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