Apply to speak at a meeting
** Live streaming of Council meetings **
In the spirit of open, accessible and transparent government, the
Council meetings of Inner West Council will be streamed live on
Council’s website. The camera will be positioned on the Mayor and will not be focused on the public. By speaking at a Council meeting, members of the
public agree to being recorded and must ensure their speech to the
Council is respectful and use appropriate language. A person who uses
defamatory, discriminatory or offensive language may be exposed to
liability for which Council takes no responsibility. Any part of the
meeting that is held in closed session will not be recorded.
How do I arrange to speak at a meeting?
Persons wishing to address the meeting must provide their full name
and suburb of residence before speaking, so that these details can be
recorded in the minutes. You can provide these details in person at the
meeting, or using the form below.
What happens after I submit the form?
After completing the online form, a notice will appear on the page
confirming that it has been sent to Council. Your request will then be
added to a list that is shown to the Chairperson on the night of the
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 with one extension of not more than three
minutes with the approval of the Council/Committee. This time limit
applies, no matter how many items are addressed by the speaker;
- 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, Council reserves the right to defer speakers until that Item is heard on the next occasion.
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