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Submissions are currently sought by Wingecarribee Shire Council for the publicly exhibited matters outlined below.


Registration is required if you wish to make a submission or ask a question online . Your privacy is protected and it's quick and easy to register and contribute anonymously about other consultations with a username of your choice.

Submissions are currently sought by Wingecarribee Shire Council for the publicly exhibited matters outlined below.


Registration is required if you wish to make a submission or ask a question online . Your privacy is protected and it's quick and easy to register and contribute anonymously about other consultations with a username of your choice.

  • Code of Meeting Practice amendments

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    We want to hear what you think of the amended Code of Meeting Practice

    On 20 May 2021, Council endorsed an amended Code of Meeting Practice (‘amended Meeting Code’) for public exhibition.

    Council’s Meeting Code was initially adopted on 12 June 2019. It was developed based on the Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW (‘Model Meeting Code’), prescribed under section 360(1) of the Local Government Act 1993 (‘the Act’) and clause 232 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

    The Model Meeting Code sets out mandatory provisions that a council must include in its code of meeting practice, as well as several non-mandatory provisions that a council may, but is not required to, include. The non-mandatory provisions reflect what the Office of Local Government sees as being best practice for the relevant aspect of Council meetings. Councils can also include supplementary provisions in their codes of meeting practice, so long as those provisions are not inconsistent with the mandatory provisions provided by the Model Meeting Code.

    The amended Meeting Code is consistent with recent decisions of Council, reflects Council’s commitment to becoming a paperless office, and improves transparency and openness with respect to pre-meeting briefing sessions and other information sessions. Certain amendments also more closely align parts of the amended Meeting Code with relevant non-mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code.

    The amended Meeting Code:

    • removes the reference to petitions at clause 8.1
    • removes references to visitor items at clause 4.19, the original Part 5 and clause 8.1
    • amends references to Council’s Finance Committee at clauses 3.13, 9.10 and 10.9
    • amends clause 3.8 relating to providing Councillors with copies of business papers by requiring that these copies be provided in electronic form
    • amends clause 3.33 relating to pre-meeting briefing sessions so that these briefing sessions become open to the public
    • amends Part 4 relating to public forums to better align it with the Model Meeting Code
    • inserts new supplementary provisions at Part 21 relating to Council workshops.


    Have your say on the amended Meeting Code by 4.30pm Friday 14 July 2021.

    • Check out the Council report and amended Code of Meeting Practice in the document library. Changes made to the document are shown in purple or strikethrough text.
    • Complete an online submission form, send your thoughts to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au or post to PO Box 141, Moss Vale 2577 to be received by 4.30pm Friday 14 July 2021
    • Ask us a question below or contact the Corporate Strategy and Governance Team on 02 4868 0888
  • Amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy

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    We want to hear what you think of the amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy

    On 24 March 2021, Council endorsed an amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy (‘Policy’) for public exhibition.

    Council originally adopted its Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy (‘Policy’) in August 2017. The Policy was prepared in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act), Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, the 2009 Office of Local Government’s (OLG) Guidelines for the payment of expenses and the provision of facilities for mayors and councillors in NSW and a 2017 better practice Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy template for NSW councils (‘Better Practice Template’) published by the OLG.

    The Policy enables the reasonable and appropriate reimbursement of expenses and provision of facilities to Councillors to help them undertake their civic duties and ensures accountability and transparency. The Policy also seeks to align Councillor expenses and facilities with community expectations.

    The amended Policy includes new clauses 10.1-10.3 which relate to the provision of a vehicle for the mayor. These new clauses reflect the relevant provisions of the Better Practice Template.

    The amended Policy also includes a new clause 8.1 in relation to Council meeting the reasonable cost of accommodation for an Interim Administrator while appointed by the Minister for Local Government in accordance with section 438M of the Act.

    Have your say on the amended Policy by 9am Tuesday 11 May 2021.

    • Check out the Council report and amended Expenses and Facilities for the Mayor and Councillors Policy in the document library. Changes made to the document are shown in purple.
    • Complete an online submission form.
    • Ask us a question below or contact the Corporate Strategy and Governance Team on 02 4868 0888
  • Code of Conduct, Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice documents adopted

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    Councillors adopted new Code of Conduct, Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice documents on 12 June 2019. Together these documents detail minimum ethical and behavioural standards and how future meetings of Council will be conducted.

    The Code of Meeting Practice focuses on streamlining Council Meeting practices and making these more accessible to the public. One of the most notable changes is the introduction of webcasting.

    Audio Visual Live Streaming (webcasting) of our Council Meetings began on 26 June 2019. You can view this and future meetings via links provided at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/council-meetings.

    The new Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice documents are available on Council’s website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/policies.

  • Draft Code of Conduct and associated administration procedures on exhibition

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    The Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW and Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW were prescribed on 14 December 2018 by the NSW Government. The Model Code of Conduct is prescribed under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993 (LGA) and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation).

    Councils must adopt a new Code of Conduct and Procedures within 6 months of prescription, (14 December 2018 – 14 June 2019). Councils’ existing adopted codes of conduct and procedures will remain in force until councils adopt a new code of conduct and procedures.

    Wingecarribee Shire Council is now publicly exhibiting a draft Code of Conduct and draft Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct which are based on the Model Code and associated procedures.

    The draft documents have been placed on exhibition from 11 April 2019 with submissions to be received no later than 9am, Friday 24 May 2019.

    Learn more in the report tabled at the 10 April 2019 meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council.

  • Draft Code of Meeting Practice exhibited

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    The Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW was prescribed by the NSW Government on 14 December 2018 and is comprised of mandatory and non-mandatory provisions.

    Wingecarribee Shire Council has placed a draft Code of Meeting Practice on public exhibition. The draft Code includes all mandatory provisions of the Model Meeting Code. It is also proposed that some of the non-mandatory provisions are included in Council’s draft Code along with best practice supplementary provisions.

    It is a statutory requirement that the Code of Meeting Practice be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days. Submissions can be received for a further 14 days at the conclusion of the formal exhibition period.

    The Draft Code of Meeting Practice has accordingly been placed on exhibition from 11 April 2019 with submissions to be received no later than 9am, Friday 24 May 2019.

    Learn more in the report tabled at the 10 April 2019 meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council or check out the Document Library.