Speak at a Council meeting

COVID-19 Advice:

In response to COVID-19 Public Health Orders, several new protocols have been developed to facilitate and encourage public participation at Council meetings.

Members of the public who are not specifically addressing an item on the business paper will NOT be admitted to the council meeting for public health & safety reasons.

Public access will be available through a number of methods:

  • Members of the public who want to attend the meeting and speak on a matter listed on the agenda will be invited into the meeting to address Council and then leave again once Councillors have asked any questions. They will not be able to return and listen to the debate.
  • Council meetings will be livestreamed and members of the public wishing to participate during the public access session will have an opportunity to connect to Council’s webinar platform.
  • Public access speeches can be provided in advance in either written or video format. Written speeches will be read aloud by a member of staff.

To make arrangements, please contact Council on 02 6626 7051 or email councillorsupport@byron.nsw.gov.au by 12noon the day before the meeting. 

Further advice about Council's response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Public Access

Public access relating to items on agendas is granted on the day of the meeting and will be heard at the start of the meeting. Requests for public access should be made to the General Manager or the Mayor no later than 12.00 midday one day prior to the meeting. Requests for public access must be made using the form provided below.

People wanting to speak to items on the agenda will be listed for public access in the same order the items appear on the agenda. People may request one speech each on an item on the Agenda. All requests must make it clear whether the speaker is generally speaking in favour of, or against, the recommended action(s) in the report.

Should there be more than one speaker addressing Council on the same item, speakers will share the allocated five minutes for speeches in favour, and share the allocated five minutes for speeches against the recommended action(s) in the report.  For example, if two people are speaking in favour of Report 13.1,  each speaker will have 2.5 minutes for their speech.

The Mayor will ask speakers if they will accept questions from Councillors during their submission.

Click here to view form.

Approved Submissions(PDF, 70KB)