We are developing Governance Rules(PDF, 602KB) and a Public Transparency Policy(PDF, 401KB) in line with the new Local Government Act 2020 and you are invited to 'Have Your Say'. These policy documents are intended to formalise council's commitment to good governance and open and transparent decision-making and are a result of the new Act.
We are also taking the opportunity to get your input into the making of the (PDF, 273KB)Common Seal and Miscellaneous Penalties Local Law 2020(PDF, 273KB)(PDF, 273KB) and the Council Expenses Policy(PDF, 326KB).
The new Local Government Act 2020 is being rolled out in four implementation stages and the second stage is currently underway, with a series of policy changes required to be completed by 1 September. See below for more information on each of these documents.
Please Have Your Say on any or all of the draft documents by 5pm Tuesday 28 July 2020. You can complete the online survey, email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to PO Box 580 Stawell 3380.
Final drafts of these policies will be presented to the 3 August 2020 Council meeting. You have a right to state in your submission if you wish to appear in person or be represented by a person specified in the submission at this meeting, in support of the submission. Councillors will consider all submissions received prior to making any formal decision on these documents.
The new Act was passed by the Victorian Parliament in March 2020 and replaces the Local Government Act 1989. It is a principles-based Act, removing unnecessary regulatory and legislative prescription around how councils could, among other things make decisions, conduct public consultation processes, run meetings and make information available to the public. The five principles that have guided the development of the new Act are community engagement, strategic planning, financial management, public transparency and service performance. Read more here.