Meeting Procedure & Common Seal Local Law

Council has adopted the Meeting Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2015, in accordance with sections 111 and 119 of the Local Government Act 1989 ( the Act).

Purpose & general purport of the Local Law

The purpose of this Local Law is to:

a)         Provide a mechanism to facilitate the good government of Council through its formal meeting procedure to ensure effective and efficient Council decisions are made in a manner which acknowledges the role of local government within the Australian system of Government

b)         Promote and encourage community participation in the system of local government by providing mechanisms for Council to ascertain the community’s views and expectations

c)         Regulate and control the election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the chairperson of any Special Committees

d)         Regulate and control the procedures governing the conduct of Ordinary and Special meetings of Council

e)         Regulate the use of Council’s Common Seal and prohibit its unauthorised use;

f)          Provide for the administration of Council’s powers and functions

g)        Provide generally for the peace, order and good management of the municipal district

h)         Revoke Local Law No. 1 of 2005 (Meeting Procedure and Common Seal).

The general purport of this law is to update and improve good governance practices and enhance the decision making process. This local law specifically addresses changes to the Local Government Act 1989 in relation to voting by Councillors, inclusion of matters associated with the appointment and role of Deputy Mayor, a broader definition of petitions that recognises that they may be electronic, and various other procedural matters.

A copy of the Local Law can be obtained from the Council offices at 115 Civic Parade, Altona or downloaded from the link below.