Register to speak at a public forum

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Council has recently decided to extend its trial of public forums.

Public forums are an opportunity for you talk to Council about anything of importance to you or the Waverley community. Public forums are held from 6.30pm to 6.45pm before each Council meeting.

Due to the coronavirus and social distancing requirements, public forums are currently being held by video conference (Zoom), and members of the public are unable to attend or speak in-person. However, you can still participate by:

  • Video conference (3 minutes maximum).
  • Submitting a recorded video (3 minutes maximum).
  • Submitting a written speech (400 words maximum), which will be read out by a staff member.

To register, please complete the form below before 3pm on the Monday before the public forum.


Things you need to know about speaking at a public forum

  1. Council will hold a public forum of no more than 15 minutes’ duration from 6.30 pm before each ordinary Council meeting to allow members of the public to speak on anything of importance to them or the community relating to the Waverley local government area (other than matters that are listed on the agenda of the Council meeting that follows).

  2. Public forums are not part of Council meetings and are not minuted or live-streamed. They are audio-recorded by Council for the purposes of follow-up.

  3. Public forums are chaired by the mayor or their nominee.

  4. To address Council at a public forum, you need to register by 3pm on the Monday before the forum. Registrations received after 3pm will be carried over to a future public forum suitable to you.

  5. While public forums are being held by video conference, you can participate by:

    (a) Video conference.
    (b) Submitting a recorded video.
    (c) Submitting a written speech, which will be read out by the General Manager or delegate.

  6. A maximum of three speakers can address Council at each public forum. Registrations are processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If your registration is unsuccessful, you will be notified and given the opportunity to speak at a future public forum.

  7. Your address should be no longer than three minutes in duration (or 400 words for written submissions).

  8. For each public forum, you can only register once. Your address must relate to the matter that you have registered to speak about.

  9. Councillors may ask questions of the speakers.

  10. The general manager may refuse an application if it does not comply with these guidelines or is potentially unlawful. The general manager or delegate will give reasons in writing for their decision.

  11. When addressing a public forum, please behave respectfully. You must not engage in disorderly conduct, allege breaches of Council’s Code of Conduct or make potentially defamatory statements.

  12. The chair may ask you to refrain from inappropriate behaviour. Where you fail to comply with the chair’s request, the chair may immediately require you to stop speaking.

  13. Except while public forums are being held by video conference:

    (a) Audio-visual presentations are not permitted.
    (b) You must not live stream or use an audio recorder, video camera, mobile phone or any other device to make a recording of the proceedings of a public forum.

  14. Where follow-up and a further response is required, Council officers will respond to the issues or proposals raised by each speaker within a week of the public forum.


What happens after I submit the online registration form?

You will receive an email confirming your registration.

Council has recently decided to extend its trial of public forums.

Public forums are an opportunity for you talk to Council about anything of importance to you or the Waverley community. Public forums are held from 6.30pm to 6.45pm before each Council meeting.

Due to the coronavirus and social distancing requirements, public forums are currently being held by video conference (Zoom), and members of the public are unable to attend or speak in-person. However, you can still participate by:

  • Video conference (3 minutes maximum).
  • Submitting a recorded video (3 minutes maximum).
  • Submitting a written speech (400 words maximum), which will be read out by a staff member.

To register, please complete the form below before 3pm on the Monday before the public forum.


Things you need to know about speaking at a public forum

  1. Council will hold a public forum of no more than 15 minutes’ duration from 6.30 pm before each ordinary Council meeting to allow members of the public to speak on anything of importance to them or the community relating to the Waverley local government area (other than matters that are listed on the agenda of the Council meeting that follows).

  2. Public forums are not part of Council meetings and are not minuted or live-streamed. They are audio-recorded by Council for the purposes of follow-up.

  3. Public forums are chaired by the mayor or their nominee.

  4. To address Council at a public forum, you need to register by 3pm on the Monday before the forum. Registrations received after 3pm will be carried over to a future public forum suitable to you.

  5. While public forums are being held by video conference, you can participate by:

    (a) Video conference.
    (b) Submitting a recorded video.
    (c) Submitting a written speech, which will be read out by the General Manager or delegate.

  6. A maximum of three speakers can address Council at each public forum. Registrations are processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If your registration is unsuccessful, you will be notified and given the opportunity to speak at a future public forum.

  7. Your address should be no longer than three minutes in duration (or 400 words for written submissions).

  8. For each public forum, you can only register once. Your address must relate to the matter that you have registered to speak about.

  9. Councillors may ask questions of the speakers.

  10. The general manager may refuse an application if it does not comply with these guidelines or is potentially unlawful. The general manager or delegate will give reasons in writing for their decision.

  11. When addressing a public forum, please behave respectfully. You must not engage in disorderly conduct, allege breaches of Council’s Code of Conduct or make potentially defamatory statements.

  12. The chair may ask you to refrain from inappropriate behaviour. Where you fail to comply with the chair’s request, the chair may immediately require you to stop speaking.

  13. Except while public forums are being held by video conference:

    (a) Audio-visual presentations are not permitted.
    (b) You must not live stream or use an audio recorder, video camera, mobile phone or any other device to make a recording of the proceedings of a public forum.

  14. Where follow-up and a further response is required, Council officers will respond to the issues or proposals raised by each speaker within a week of the public forum.


What happens after I submit the online registration form?

You will receive an email confirming your registration.