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December 1, 2022

Lismore Council holds Extraordinary Meeting today

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Though councillors and staff are prohibited from talking about confidential matters, this does not apply to the public and many social media platforms are openly discussing the implications of the financial cost to council to pay out yet another GM, the legality of such a move and the possibility of council going into administration, and how that would work for Lismore.

Meeting at Goonellabah today

This morning Lismore Council have listed an Extraordinary Meeting slated for today at 6pm. This meeting comes ahead of the Ordinary Meeting tomorrow at the same time. The business paper gives no information other than the meeting is about ‘Confidential Matters–Closed Council Meeting’.

The paper says: ‘Recommendation: that the Council exclude members of the press and public from the meeting and move into Closed Council Meeting to consider the following matters:

Item 16.1 Confidential Mayoral Minute

Grounds for Closure Section 10A(2) (a):

Public Interest Discussion of this matter in an open meeting would on balance be contrary to the public interest because it relates to: personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors).’

Are twelve hours enough for Code of Meeting Practice requirements?

There maybe be objections about the paper which was put up with less than 12 hours notice. Social media is asking if it is sufficient to satisfy Clause 3.5 of the Code of Meeting Practice? Under the heading of ‘Notice to the public of council meetings’, the code states that: ‘The notice must be published on the council’s website, and in such other manner that the council is satisfied is likely to bring notice of the meeting to the attention of as many people as possible.’

Whether the Goonellabah Chambers see protests two days in a row? That remains to be seen.


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  1. Councillors are supposed to come to a meeting with an open mind. They are to consider the arguments and then make a decision on an issue.
    This does not seem to be the case.
    Do councillors know that there is a tort known as misfeasance in public office? Are they aware of its implications?
    Any administrative lawyers out there who can comment?

  2. Broken promises already, so much for cutting costs! The good thing is this will fire up those who care but have not been paying attention. Time to get back to work.


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