Balranald Shire Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month, commencing at 5.00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the ordinary meetings of Council which are held in the Council Chambers, 70 Market Street, Balranald.
General council business is dealt with at council meetings and the meeting are open to the public. The only types of business that are dealt with confidentiality are:
- Personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors),
- The personal hardship of any resident or ratepayer,
- Information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business,
- Commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed:
- Prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it, or
- Confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the council, or
- Reveal a trade secret,
- Information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law,
- Matters affecting the security of the council, councillors, council staff or council property,
- Advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege,
- Information concerning the nature and location of a place or an item of Aboriginal significance on community land.
More information about Council meetings is available from Council staff on (02) 03 5020 1300 during business hours.
Petitions allow the community to bring matters of concern to the Council’s attention. Council can be petitioned for any matter that comes under its jurisdiction.
Council considers a document to be a petition when it:
- Is legibly written or typed or printed; and
- Clearly set out the request or submission of the petitioners; and
- Is addressed to the Council and delivered to the principal office of the Council.
The petition should include, for each person who has signed the petition, their name, address and normal signature. The action requested of Council must be re-stated on the top of each page of the petition.
A deputation allows a person to appear before a Council meeting in order to address or make a presentation to the Council on an issue. A person wishing to make a deputation must seek the permission of the Administrator in writing.
Deputations are limited to a maximum of two per meeting and each deputation is allowed a maximum of 5 minutes to make their presentation.
Presentations are an opportunity for an organisation, Council officer(s) or member of the public to provide the Council with information relevant to a matter currently under consideration. Presentations usually relate to a Council report. The duration is up to 5 minutes.