Request to attend
In order to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols, a limited number of seats have been made available for members of the public to attend Ordinary Council meetings. To ensure that all interested members of the community have an opportunity to attend, Council has put in place pre-registration to ensure all community members have equal chance to attend.
This means that if you have recently attended a Council meeting, priority will be given to other community members the following month. However, if seats are still available closer to the meeting date, you may be offered the opportunity to attend again.
Council is committed to following the COVID-19 social distancing measures currently in place to protect the community, our team members and our Councillors and have established that the space and layout of the room allows for a maximum of 22 people in the room at one time. The maximum of 22 people in the meeting room includes Councillors, the Executive Management team and other Council team members who are required to be in the Council meeting.
Public attendance at Council meetings is always subject to changes through Public Health Orders or legislative changes by the Queensland Government.
We will continue to monitor Queensland Health restrictions and make changes as required- this may include increases to the number of attendees.
Requests received will be considered on a first in first served basis, however priority will be given to persons who have not recently attended a meeting to provide opportunity to diversify attendance across meetings.
Successful requests will be contacted within 48 hours of the Council meeting to confirm attendance details and requirements.
To accommodate as many people as possible and keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, all Ordinary Council meetings will take place in the Tully Civic Centre. This decision has been made due to the size of the room and the technical equipment that has been installed to allow for live streaming of the meetings. It is not logistically feasible to relocate the live steaming equipment to allow rotation of meetings between Innisfail and Tully. The Tully Civic Centre meeting room is the largest meeting room available in the region, which will allow the maximum attendance numbers. The Shire hall auditorium is not suitable as it is regularly utilised for events.
By attending or watching the recording of Council meetings you can see the decision-making process in action and gain further understanding of the wide range of issues Councillors deal with as part of their role.
Council meetings will continue to be live streamed on YouTube via Council’s website. Questions or feedback can be submitted to Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 763 903.
Council has been live-streaming meetings as it increases the transparency of Council decision making and allows access for members of our community who are unable to attend in person.
Interested members of the community can watch the meeting live via Council’s YouTube channel or watch a replay, which is available immediately after the meeting. Alternatively visit, www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/our-council/council-meetings/council-meeting-live-stream
Note: If you physically attend one of these meetings, there is a small possibility that you may appear in the broadcast recording.
To reduce disruption and movement during the meeting, once the meeting has commenced no further admittance or departure to the Council chambers will be granted. Council acknowledges that reducing the amount of mixing and movement of people is a safeguard against the spread of COVID-19.
Please arrive to the Tully Civic Centre before 8:45am. This will allow you to be escorted to the meeting room by a Council team member. It is requested that guests are seated 5-10 minutes before the commencement of the meeting to allow for live steaming set up.
Council welcomes feedback and questions from members of the community. Questions or feedback can be submitted to Council by emailing email@example.com or by calling 1300 763 903.
Alternatively, Councillors contact details and email addresses can be found by visiting our website www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/our-council/councillors. Whilst there is not a structured question time during Ordinary Council meetings, residents can continue to use the above methods to contact Council.