A limited number of people will now be able to attend the Dubbo Regional Council meetings.
Since March, the public have not been able to attend the council meetings as a precaution against COVID-19.
However, as of this week, community members can now address the councillors and council staff in person.
Strict social distancing measures will need to be followed.
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Those who wish to address council at an ordinary or extraordinary meeting will need to submit a request at least two hours before the meeting. Requests can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, with the agenda item or topic they wish to speak on.
Each speech is limited to five minutes and the public forum itself will last for a maximum of 30 minutes, unless council votes to extend it by another 10.
Any person who wants to address council, the committees or the working parties will be provided with a copy of the Procedure for Addressing Council, Committees or Working Parties.
The speaker will need to formally advice council that they have read the procedure and will follow the rules.
Anyone who addresses council also needs to ensure they do not insult staff, say anything that will disrupt the order of the meeting or interrupt other speakers.
Council meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.
The next council meeting will be the committee meetings on August 10. The full council meeting will be held on August 24.
For those who want to follow the meetings from home, they will continue to be livestreamed on the Dubbo Regional Council website and Facebook page.