Council’s transparent and accountable meetings
Published on 17 December 2018
At its Council meeting on Tuesday 11th December 2018, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) adopted the Meeting Procedures Protocol 2018.
The Mayor, David Gill, who chairs Council meetings said, “all Councillors had a say in developing a more transparent and accountable decision making process for the benefit of the Mornington Peninsula community.”
According to Mr Terry Bramham, from Macquarie Local Government Lawyers who assisted with the new meeting procedure rules, “the protocol establishes a new benchmark for local government, with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council leading the way.”
Mayor Gill added, “I believe that the reforms will make MPSC the leader of Municipalities in Victoria regarding open, fair and orderly conduct of business for councillors and members of the public, acknowledging that we must still follow all provisions of the Local Government Act.”
“This is a simplified, easy to follow set of rules to guide Councillors through meetings in order to gain the best outcomes for our community. It gives step by step reference to most situations to help ensure democratic principles are followed. We now have a clear and less ambiguous document in as much plain English as possible,” said Mayor Gill.
Councillor Gill thanked the Victorian Ratepayers association for their statement from president Mr Jack Davis that, “We wish to indicate that Ratepayers Victoria supports the initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to improve its Meetings Procedure Protocol and we hope that this will contribute to improvements of meeting procedures across the wider local government sector.”
The protocol will commence operation at the first Council Meeting in 2019 on 29th January.
PICTURE CAPTION: Mayor Gill with Mr Terry Bramham, Macquarie Local Government Lawyers