City of Swan councillors to get meal breaks to help deal with longer council meetings

File picture: City of Swan
File picture: City of Swan

THE City of Swan will no longer let council meetings run past 8.30pm, after an announcement by the Mayor on Wednesday night.

The decision follows a marathon seven-hour council meeting last month.

Swan council meetings start at 5.30pm on Wednesdays once a month.

Mayor David Lucas said during the council meeting that any leftover business after 8.30pm would be deferred until the following day to be dealt with by council – or after a 30-minute break for councillors to eat dinner.

“If a council meeting looks like it will run past 8.30pm, council will take a brief break and return approximately 30 minutes later, where council will either resume the meeting or defer the remaining items on the agenda until the following evening,” he said.

“We have a duty of care to the City staff and councillors who attend council meetings and this decision has been made purely for their wellbeing.

“This process is discretionary and will not be implemented at every council meeting, if required a decision will be made by council on the night – a motion will need to be moved and seconded.”

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