NOTE: As part of support efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus and comply with government directions, changes have been made to the arrangements of Ordinary Council Meetings.
These arrangements include not holding Question Time until further notice.
The recommencement of Question Time will be publicised to the community prior to its resumption.
Question time at Council meetings provides an opportunity for the members of the public in the gallery to submit questions to Gannawarra Shire Council.
Question Time Form - writeable PDF version(PDF, 304KB)
Question Time Form - Word version(DOCX, 249KB)
The process for question time is as follows:
Questions must be submitted on a Question Time form, available from Council’s website and the Kerang and Cohuna Customer Service Centres.
A Maximum number of two questions may be asked by any one person at each Council meeting.
Completed Question Time forms must be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer or a person authorised for this purpose by the Chief Executive Officer no later than 5.00 pm on the day prior to the Council meeting.
Questions will be read by the Mayor or Chief Executive Officer.
The Mayor or Chief Executive Officer may indicate that they require further time to research an answer. In this case, an answer will be provided in writing generally within ten days.
Questions will be answered at the meeting, or later in writing, unless the Mayor of Chief Executive Officer has determined that the relevant question seeks confidential information defined in section 3 of the Act such as:
- Council business information;
- security information;
- land use planning information;
- law enforcement information;
- legal privileged information;
- personal information;
- private commercial information;
- confidential meeting information;
- internal arbitration information;
- Councillor Conduct Panel confidential information;
- an issue outside the Gannawarra Shire Council core business.
or if the question is:
- defamatory, indecent, abusive or objectionable in language or substance;
- repetitive of a question already answered (whether at the same or an earlier meeting)
- asked to embarrass a Councillor or Council officer.
No debate or discussion of questions or answers shall be permitted and all questions and answers shall be a brief as possible.