Meet­ings to end 8.30pm

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

THE City of Swan will no longer let monthly coun­cil meet­ings run past 8.30pm af­ter an an­nounce­ment by the Mayor last Wed­nes­day.

The de­ci­sion fol­lows a marathon seven-hour coun­cil meet­ing last month.

Mayor David Lu­cas said dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing that any left over busi­ness af­ter 8.30pm would be de­ferred un­til the fol­low­ing day to be dealt with by coun­cil or af­ter a 30minute break for coun­cil­lors to have their din­ner.

“If a coun­cil meet­ing looks like it will run past 8.30pm, coun­cil will take a brief break and re­turn ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes later, where coun­cil will ei­ther re­sume the meet­ing or de­fer the re­main­ing items on the agenda un­til the fol­low­ing evening,” he said.

“We have a duty of care to the City staff and coun­cil­lors who at­tend coun­cil meet­ings and this de­ci­sion has been made purely for their well­be­ing.

“This process is dis­cre­tionary and will not be im­ple­mented at ev­ery coun­cil meet­ing. If re­quired, a de­ci­sion will be made by coun­cil on the night; a mo­tion will need to be moved and sec­onded.”

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