New meeting days decided
Local representation, meeting processes and timing were some of the key items resolved at an extraordinary meeting of the new Murrumbidgee Council in Darlington Point last Wednesday afternoon.
Council administrator Austin Evans considered a number of reports prepared by the interim general manager Craig Moffitt in relation to establishing the meeting framework until the election of a new council in September 2017.
Mr Evans said it was decided that council’s future ordinary meetings would be held on the fourth Thursday of each month starting at 10am and that the meetings would be held on a rotational basis between the Murrumbidgee Council service centres located in Darlington Point, Jerilderie and Coleambally.
The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 at 10am in the Jerilderie Chambers.
Mr Evans said the Code of Meeting Practice had been included in the Proclamation which formed the new council and meetings would adhere to the Code of the former Jerilderie Shire, with the exception of the amendments to meeting dates, times and locations.
‘‘It is essential from a transparency perspective that as many members of the community have access to council’s decision making processes as possible as it works to create a new organisation to service the community’s needs,’’ Mr Evans said.
‘‘By holding the meetings in each of the new centres, community members will have an opportunity to attend and hear firsthand the decisions that are being taken on their behalf.’’