As a way of providing an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about issues affecting the local government, Council hosts a Public Question Time session at the start of its Council meetings. Clause 3.4 of the Shire of Broome's Standing Order Local Law 2003, ensures that the time allocated for public questions is managed fairly and effectively.
To have your questions recorded in the meeting minutes you must be present at the meeting and direct your question to the presiding member when requested. To allow for accurate recording of your question it is advisable to complete a Public Question Time form and submit it at least 72 hours prior to the commencement of the meeting. Forms can be emailed to email@example.com or alternatively delivered to the Shires Administration Office. If you are not present at the meeting the question will be processed administratively by the Shire.
Council intends to answer all questions on the day, but in some circumstances, a question may be taken on notice to ensure that adequate responses can be provided. If this occurs your question will be responded to in writing as soon as is practicable with the answer recorded in a subsequent meetings minutes. It is also important to be aware that in cases where the information requested is considered protected under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 or under section 5.94 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire is not allowed to respond to the question.
Public Question Time is governed, in accordance with section 5.24 of the Local Government Act 1995 and the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996. For further information please refer to the Public Question Time Guidelines and Form found through the link provided below.