Port Phillip Council is urging those keen to watch or ask questions at tomorrow’s Council Meeting (18 March) to do so online as a precaution against the spreading of the coronavirus.
“While we remain committed to democracy and transparency in our decision-making, we are requesting people to help us protect everybody’s health and well-being by watching Council’s livestream coverage of the meeting and submitting any questions in advance online, instead of attending the meeting,” Cr Voss said.
The first item will be an urgent motion to vary the local law on Council meeting procedures. This motion, which is anticipated to pass, allows Council to immediately accept written questions and have them read out by the Mayor, another Councillor or the CEO from this meeting onwards.
“This is the first time we have sought to change the system. These are exceptional times and we urge our community to join us in doing what we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Cr Voss said.
The meeting has been moved to St Kilda Town Hall Auditorium to allow for greater social distancing measures through revised seating arrangements for the public, Councillors and staff.
“Although community members can still physically attend the meeting and ask questions, we will not be providing a microphone for them to address Council. The best – and safest – way for them still to be heard is to lodge questions and statements online.”
This link to lodge questions will remain open until the council meeting starts:
Community members who are feeling unwell are asked not to attend.