May Council Meeting 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 05:00 PM

Click here to view the Ordinary Council Meeting online, from 5pm. 

COVID-19 Council Meeting Guidelines for the Public

Due to recent advice from the WA Government on easing restrictions and allowing 20 person gatherings (subject to social distancing requirements), the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup will resume in-person Council Meetings in the Council Chamber.

Public Attendance

Social distancing requirements currently allow for no more than 20 persons to be present in the Council Chamber. Nine Elected Members, plus four staff members allows for a maximum of seven members of the public to attend the meetings in-person. As the Local Government Act 995 entitles the public to observe meetings, the Shire will be making a video link available on its website to enable members of the public not present to view the meeting from an alternative location. Members of the public will be permitted to enter the Chamber on a first come basis until the maximum limit of 20 persons is reached.

The existing schedule of Agenda Briefing Meetings and Council Meetings will continue, with limits being placed on the number of members of public able to attend in-person. A video link will be available on the Shire’s website for members of the public wishing to view the meetings.

Public Question Time

 Members of the public are requested to submit any questions in writing to the Chief Executive Officer via email by 3pm on the day of the Council Meeting. If the question is unable to be answered at the meeting, it may be taken on notice by the Council for a later response. Questions and answers will be printed in the Minutes.



 Members of the public are requested to submit a request for deputation in relation to an item on the agenda to the Chief Executive Officer via email by 12pm on the day of the Council Meeting. A staff member will contact you to confirm the process for you to attend the meeting and deliver your deputation.


Agenda Briefings

There is no opportunity for public questions or deputations at Agenda Briefing Sessions, although members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting.


Confidential Items

 For any confidential items that require the meeting to be closed to the public, members of the public attending in-person will be asked to leave the Chamber, and members of the public viewing the meeting via video link will be disconnected. Following the re-opening of the meeting, the video link will be re-connected and members of the public will be permitted to return to the Chamber.



In accordance with Regulation 14E(b), of the Local Government (Administration) Regulations, the unconfirmed minutes of Council Meetings will be available for public inspection on the Shire’s website following the meeting.