Register to speak at a Council meeting

Public forum during COVID-19 

The public may now register to speak at Council meetings via Zoom.

Anyone who would like to speak about an Agenda Item at a Council Meeting must register by 2pm on the day of the Council Meeting via the meeting registration form below.

Only those who register using the online registration form will be able to speak. Please fill in the register to speak form at the bottom of this page including:

  • Your name (must use the same name on Zoom)
  • Contact details including email address
  • Item on the Agenda you wish to speak to
  • Whether you are for or against the recommendation in the agenda

Only the first 3 speakers for and 3 speakers against each item will be permitted to speak.

Once you have registered, you will receive the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please do not share this with anyone else. If the item you are registering for already has the allocated amount of speakers, you will be notified via email.

You may join the Council meeting via zoom at 6.30pm but will only be allowed into the meeting when it is your turn to speak. During your time in the waiting room, you may still watch the livestream of the meeting. As a requirement, you must use the same name on Zoom as the name you registered to speak with otherwise you will not be allowed into the meeting.

Once you have concluded speaking, you will be removed from the meeting.

Are there any rules for speaking at a Council or Committee Meeting?

The following rules apply when addressing a Council or Committee meeting:

  • Keep your address to the point, the time allowed for each speaker is limited to three minutes. A bell will be rung when you have 30 seconds remaining.
  • The maximum number of public speakers on each item is 3 for and 3 against. You will be contacted by Council officers if more than 3 registrations are received.
  • When addressing the meeting you must speak to the Chairperson.
  • The Chairperson may curtail public participation where the information being presented is considered repetitive or irrelevant.
  • Where items are deferred, you may be asked to speak at the following meeting.

For further detailed information about speaking at a meeting please read the Code of meeting practice below:

Code of meeting practice (DOCX 125.8KB)  
Code of meeting practice (PDF 341.1KB)

What happens after I submit the form?

After completing the online form, you will be taken to a webpage confirming that your registration has been received. If you do not receive confirmation through our website please contact Council's Governance Coordinator on 9392 5536 to confirm your registration.

Accessibility

Inner West Council is committed to ensuring people with a disability have equal opportunity to take part in Council and Committee Meetings. At the Ashfield Council Chambers there is a hearing loop service available to assist anyone with a hearing impairment. If you have any other access or disability related participation needs and wish to know more, call 9392 5657 or email council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Current meeting agenda items

View the current meeting agenda items here prior to completing the form.

Register to speak at a Council meeting

Use this form to register to speak at a Council Meeting.
Please indicate if you are for or against the recommendation in this item* - required
Your details
Mandatory field(s) marked with *

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Page last updated: 23 Jan 2021