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Notice of Making a Local Law: Meeting Conduct Local Law

Notice is given that at a meeting of Latrobe City Council (Council) held on 7 September 2020, Council resolved to adopt a new Local Law titled ‘Local Law No. 1, Meeting Conduct Local Law’ (Local Law) and incorporate the Governance Rules of Council.

Purpose of the Local Law

The purposes of the Local Law are to:

  • Regulate the use of the Council’s common seal;
  • Prescribe enforcement measures in relation to procedures set out in the Governance Rules of Council governing the conduct of Council meetings, and Delegated Committee meetings and Community Asset Meetings where applicable.

General purport of the Local Law

The Local Law revokes Meeting Procedure Local Law No.1 2017 and:

  • Provides for the administration of Council’s Common Seal;
  • Creates offences for: 
    • Misuse of Council’s Common Seal;
    • Failure of a Councillor to withdraw an expression considered offensive or disorderly by the Chair;
    • Failure of a person who is not a Councillor to leave a meeting on the Chair’s Order;
    • Failure of a Councillor to leave a meeting on the Chair’s order or on Resolution of Council;
    • Failure of any person to comply with a lawful direction of the Chair at a meeting;
    • The fraudulent signing of a petition or joint letter which is presented to Council or has the intention of being presented to Council by any person;
    • Unauthorised recording or broadcasting of any part of a meeting.

Copies of the Local Law and Governance Rules may be obtained during office hours from: Latrobe City Council Headquarters, 141 Commercial Road, Morwell; Traralgon Service Centre, 34–38 Kay Street, Traralgon; Moe Service Centre, 1–29 George Street, Moe; Churchill Service Centre, 9–11 Philip Parade, Churchill (all by appointment only during COVID-19 restrictions); or may be viewed on Council’s website, www.latrobe.vic.gov.au. To facilitate compliance with COVID-19 social distancing requirements, any person who wishes to obtain a hard copy is encouraged to request that it be posted to them. Requests can be made by phoning 1300 367 700.

The Local Law is to commence on the day after notice of the Local Law making appears in the Victoria Government Gazette.

Steven Piasente
Chief Executive Officer

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