Greater contact with renovations


Shire President David Lavell and deputy shire president Patrick Bertola (front) with fellow elected members in the newly arranged council chambers.
Shire President David Lavell and deputy shire president Patrick Bertola (front) with fellow elected members in the newly arranged council chambers.

The horse-shoe seating arrangement has been turned around and a raised platform removed.

Shire President David Lavell said the council now had a “full view of the public and those who come forward to address council from the centrally placed lectern”.

“This is a much more welcoming approach for the public and will allow for direct eye contact with the public gallery, enhancing the interaction and communication between council, Shire employees and the public,” he said.

“Removing the raised platform also addresses any potential accessibility issues in the future.”

Cr Lavell said this year’s first council meeting on January 27 demonstrated the benefits of the renovations.

“In addition to the improved layout of the chamber, some changes to meeting procedures were also introduced after the Shire’s new local law was adopted last year,” he said.

“Members of the public can ask any questions of council during public question time, or they can make a statement about an agenda item during deputations.

“We encourage everyone to come along to council to see how it operates and we welcome feedback on the new layout.”