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Council Meetings

All Council meetings are held at the Council Chambers and start at 10am.

Break O’Day Council are now live streaming our Council Meetings.

Participation in person at the Council Meeting is considered as providing your consent to livestreaming of that meeting.

Our live streamed meetings can be accessed via this link:
Break O’Day Council – YouTube

You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive video notifications.

You can find our previous recorded meetings here:
Agendas & Minutes

Scheduled Council Meetings for 2024

Monday 15 January
Monday 19 February
Monday 18 March
Monday 15 April
Monday 20 May
Monday 24 June
Monday 15 July
Monday 19 August
Monday 16 September
Monday 21 October
Monday 18 November
Monday 16 December

Thinking of attending a Council Meeting? Check out these Frequently asked Questions below or click on the link to read our Council Meeting Procedures:

Council Meeting Procedures – Adopted August 2023

A Council meeting is a formal process where decisions are made for the municipality by its elected members and is open to the public. Each meeting allows 15 minutes at the start of each meeting for Public Question time.

As it is a formal process, public attendees must behave in a respectful manner which includes:

  • Turning off your mobile phone
  • Only speaking when directed to by the Mayor or acting chair of the meeting
  • Can only speak to ask questions during Public Question Time – no general statements are allowed
  • No debating the point with Councillors
  • No bad language or defamatory comments

Members of the public can be ejected from a meeting if they are found to be in breach of any of the above.

A member of the public can ask no more than four (4) questions and speak for no longer than five (5) minutes per meeting in accordance with our Council Meeting Procedures.

There are a couple of ways you can ask Council a question in a meeting;

The preferred method is to present the question to Council at least seven days before a Council meeting. This way it can be recorded in the agenda and formally addressed at the meeting. It also allows the Councillors time to consider your question.

The other way is to ask your question during the Public Question Time segment of the meeting and present a copy of your question in writing to the Executive Assistant at the start of the meeting on the day. This will mean that your question will be recorded in the minutes and in most cases will be taken on notice and a response provided in the minutes and forwarded to you.

The Mayor can refuse to accept a question at the meeting and reasons for doing so will be given and recorded in the minutes.

Before every Council meeting a Meeting agenda is prepared which outlines all the motions and topics that will be discussed in the meeting. It includes relevant reports and information to help Councillors make decisions. Our meeting agendas are made available to the public on our website here, are available from the office or can be viewed at the St Marys or St Helens Library and the St Helens History Room

Councillors present at the meeting will vote for or against each motion presented at the meeting with the majority vote deciding the outcome of the motion. If there is a tied vote the motion is deemed as “Lost”.

There is no abstaining from votes as such, if a Councillor abstains from voting it is counted as a No vote.

If a Councillor has a Pecuniary or Conflict of Interest with any item presented at a Council Meeting they must declare this. Depending on the level of interest they will often leave the room. This will be recorded in the minutes.

Council can close a meeting to the public and any non-relevant staff without discussion to consider; personnel matters concerning particular individuals, matters involving personal hardship of a resident or ratepayer, or matters that breach confidentiality agreements, for example contractors and tenders.

Common reasons why a Council meetings may be closed includes:

  • personnel matters including complaints against staff of the Council
  • industrial matters relating to a person
  • the health or financial position of any person
  • contracts for the supply and purchase of goods and services
  • the security of property of the Council
  • proposals for the Council to acquire land or an interest in the land or for the disposal of land
  • information provided to the Council on the condition it is kept confidential
  • trade secrets of private bodies
  • matters relating to actual or possible litigation taken by or involving the Council or an employee of the Council
The Break O’Day Council (‘the Council’) is committed to providing greater accessibility to the community of the content of public Council meetings through live streaming and recording. It is considered this will provide a fuller public record of proceedings that can be made available in addition to formal written minutes.
The opinions or statements made during the course of the Council meeting are those of the particular individuals, and not the opinions or statements of the Council. 
The information contained in the live streaming and recording of Council meetings are provided on the Council’s website on the basis that all persons accessing them accept responsibility for assessing the relevance, completeness and accuracy of its content. The Council does not accept any responsibility for the comments made or information provided during Council meetings and does not warrant nor represent that the material or statements made during the streamed meetings are complete, reliable, accurate or free from error. The Council does not accept any responsibility or liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense you might incur as a result of the viewing, use or reliance of information or statements provided in the live streaming/recording of Council meetings.   
The Council does not necessarily endorse or support the views, opinions, standards or information contained in the live streaming/recording of the Council meetings. In the event that you are offended or consider material/statements made during a Council meeting and provided on this site are inappropriate, offensive or in breach of any law, you are entitled to contact the Council, which will then investigate the complaint and take such action as it sees fit.