You can request in writing the opportunity to address Council, known as a ‘deputation’. Deputation requests need to be submitted to the Council 5 days prior to the next Council or Committee meeting. The Presiding Member will give final approval for a deputation to be presented.
Deputations provide an opportunity for the community or interested persons to bring a matter to the attention of the Council.
The subject matter of the presentation must be within the power of council to consider, or is a matter that council is willing to advocate for.
The Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 governs how deputations may be conducted.
A person or persons wishing to appear as a deputation at a meeting must deliver a written request to the council:
- by completing the electronic form on Council’s website www.barossa.sa.gov.au; or
- by completing the print form located at the bottom of the page and:
• by delivery to Council’s principal office located at 43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa SA 5355, or
• by post to PO Box 867, Nuriootpa SA 5355, or
• by email to email@example.com
A person requesting to appear as a deputation at a meeting must submit a request to the Council 5 (five) business days prior to the meeting to which the deputation relates.
At the Council Meeting:
- at the allocated time within the meeting agenda you will be invited by the Mayor to sit at the council table
- you must state your name and the topic you have nominated, (your deputation is limited to the topic you have nominated)
- you will be allocated up to 10 minutes to speak at the council meeting and Elected Members may then ask you questions
- you are required to address the Elected Members formally by their title and surname, eg. Mayor Lange, Councillor Boothby, etc
- following your deputation you will be required to return to the gallery if you wish to view the remainder of the meeting – you will, however, not be permitted to take part in the debate, or ask questions during that time
A deputation will be part of a public agenda with the meeting accessible to the public. There are no legal rules which protect a speaker from defamation, so please be mindful of this during your deputation.
Presentations, and any other materials, should be sent to council officers by email at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. These materials may be publicly released as part of the council agenda and made accessible on council’s website.