Please note that in response to the Coronavirus pandemic Council meetings will be held at the Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Road, Little Bay to enable a safe 1.5 metre space (and no handshaking) between the Councillors and others in attendance.
Members of the public not speaking on a matter on the agenda but wishing to attend to view proceedings will need to do so from the foyer area due to social distancing requirements.
How do Council meetings operate?
Council meetings are the fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month. The dates are available in the table below.
All 15 Councillors attend and vote at Council meetings. The Mayor (or in the Mayor’s absence, the Deputy Mayor) chairs the meetings. Mayoral Minutes and a range of other matters (including reports from the General Manager and each of the three Directors and Motions from the Councillors) are dealt with here.
Meetings follow an agenda, but in some circumstances Council may change the order of business.
Council staff attend the meetings to assist and provide advice to the Councillors, but they do not take part in the decisions. Staff reports include a recommendation that the Council may adopt or change.
Addressing Council Meetings
Randwick City Council encourages and supports the participation of residents and the community in its activities. Residents (or their representatives) are able to address Council meetings for up to three minutes on matters that are listed on the agenda of a particular meeting. Only one speaker in favour and one speaker against each recommendation are able to be accommodated due to time constraints.
Any person wishing to address the Council meeting must register their intention to do so with Council's Administrative Staff on 1300 722 542 no later than 2pm on the day of the meeting. Presentations in powerpoint or pdf formats under 10Mb can be emailed to email@example.com no later than 2pm on the day of the meeting.
Additional speaker/s may be allowed in special circumstances subject to the approval of the Mayor.
Disclosure of interests
Councillors are required, by law, to disclose any conflict or pecuniary interest they and their relatives or associates may have in relation to a matter before council or a council committee. When a pecuniary disclosure is made, the Councillor cannot take part in debate or vote on the matter.
How is each report dealt with?
Council makes a decision on each of the items (reports) that are listed on their agendas. The chairperson will, generally, call each item in the order of the agenda and each matter is debated and voted on.
How are matters debated and determined at Council meetings?
During debate about each report, any Councillor may propose a motion to council recommending a particular decision. A seconder to the motion is required for the motion to be debated.
Amendments can then be proposed to the motion; the amendment is voted on, and if passed it becomes the motion (replacing the original one). After each amendment is dealt with, further amendments can be proposed. Only one motion and one amendment can be before Council for consideration at any one time. Once no more amendments are proposed Councillors vote on the motion to reach a decision, which is called the "resolution".
Motions, amendments and resolutions are all documented in the Minutes of council and committee meetings.
Minutes for meetings are available on council’s website on Tuesdays in the week following meetings. Minutes are considered to be ‘draft’ until they have been confirmed at the next meeting of the council or the relevant committee.
Can a decision change once Council has made a resolution?
If a Councillor disagrees with a resolution of council, they can submit a rescission motion, which must be countersigned by two other Councillors. This is then submitted to the next meeting of council and the matter is reconsidered.
Councillors Committee Membership
Please click on the following link for a list of Councillors who serve as Randwick's representatives on Special/Advisory and outside Committees.
2020 Council Meeting Dates
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