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CITY OF BALLARAT

Notice of Proposed Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law

On 16 July 2020, notice of Council’s proposal to make a new Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law was given. The notice included incorrect dates for the closure of submissions. This notice replaces the notice given on 16 July 2020. All submissions received after publication of that notice but before publication of this notice will still be considered by Council.

Council is inviting public submissions on its new Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law. All submissions received by Council between 16 July 2020 and 28 days of publication of the 23 July notice issued in the Victorian Government Gazette will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act).

At its meeting of 8 July 2020, Council resolved to give public notice of its intention to make a new Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law. Such notice is given in accordance with section 119 of the Act. 

Council has commenced the process of developing the new Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law to replace its Meeting Procedure Local Law 2018. The review has been undertaken by Council officers from all relevant departments and in consultation with Council.

The new Governance Rules developed and adopted under the Local Government Act 2020 will prescribe the meeting procedures of Council and replicate the Meeting Procedure Local Law 2018. To prevent duplication between the instruments, it is proposed that the remaining elements of the Meeting Procedure Local Law will be included in the new Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law.

The purpose and general purport of the proposed Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law is to:

  • revoke the Meeting Procedure Local Law 2018;
  • regulation and the storage and use of Council’s Common Seal; and
  • establish offences relating to misuse of Council’s Common Seal and conduct at meetings.

A copy of the proposed Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law together with a Community Impact Statement may be obtained on the City of Ballarat’s website, www.ballarat.vic.gov.au; and available for inspection at the Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton Street North, Ballarat.

Any person may make a written submission in respect of the draft Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law to Council under section 223 of the Act.

Written submissions must be received by the City of Ballarat by 5.15pm on Friday 21 August 2020.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Executive Manager Safety, Risk and Compliance Services, City of Ballarat and sent by mail to: PO Box 655, Ballarat 3353, or by email to governance@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

Any person who makes a submission under section 223 of the Act that has asked to be heard in support of their submission is entitled to appear in person or to be represented by a person specified in the submission before Council. Submissions will be heard at an Additional Council meeting to be held on 26 August 2020.

Council will then determine whether to make the proposed Common Seal and Meeting Conduct Local Law at the Ordinary Council meeting to be held on 2 September 2020.

Details of submissions may also be included within the official Council Agendas and Minutes which are public documents, and which may also be made available on Council’s website.

Council will consider any written submission in accordance with section 223 of the Act.

Any person requiring further information should direct their enquiries to Cameron Montgomery, Executive Manager Safety, Risk and Compliance Services on (03) 5320 5500 or via email: governance@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

 

 

 

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