There will be no public gallery facility at the Council Meeting of Thursday, March 26 following the announcement that public access to Council's offices has been temporarily suspended as a precaution to help reduce the risk of Coronavirus Covid-19 infection.
People can still listen to the Council Meeting by connecting to Coffs Harbour City Council on Mixlr or via the free Mixlr app for android or iPhone/iPad devices.
The NSW Parliament has passed the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 comprising a broad range of amendments to existing laws to help combat the spread of the virus. The Bill amends the Local Government Act to allow councils to hold official meetings electronically instead of physically.
Under previous legislation, councillors had to be physically present at meetings and residents allowed to attend in person to watch them deliberate and make important decisions on behalf of the community. For the next six months, these attendance requirements will be satisfied if council meetings are held remotely using audio visual links such as Skype. If that method is not available, council meetings will be able to be held in any other manner approved by the Minister.
Council meetings are held in the Council Chamber on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 5.00pm. The meetings are open to the public.
Members of the public may address Council, on matters that are listed on the Council Meeting agenda at any Council meeting. Public Forums commence at 5pm.
If you wish to speak at a Council meeting please read the information sheet below and then complete the online form. Your application must be received by 5pm the Tuesday prior to the Council meeting you wish to attend.
Public forums are limited to five minutes unless varied by the Mayor.
You can now listen live to Council meetings by connecting to Coffs Harbour City Council on Mixlr or via the Mixlr app on iPhone/iPad. Simply install the "Mixlr" app then search for the "Coffs Harbour City Council" stream.
Archives of Council meetings will be available online the Monday after the draft minutes are published on Council's website.
Council Meeting Agendas are available on the Friday prior to the meeting and Minutes are available the Friday after the meeting. Minutes and agendas can be found here.
Council also keeps an online archive of minutes and agendas back to 2002.
Requests for information prior to this can be made by lodging an Access to Information Request.