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Council Meetings

Council Meetings are held monthly and commence at 6.00 pm. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council Meetings will be held at the Scottsdale Library, 51 King Street, Scottsdale.

2021 Schedule of Ordinary Council Meetings 

Monday 18 January

Monday 15 February (Winnaleah)

Monday 15 March

Monday 19 April (Legerwood)

Monday 17 May

Monday 28 June*

Monday 19 July

Monday 16 August

Monday 20 September

Monday 18 October (Branxholm)

Monday 15 November (Bridport)

Monday 20 December

*The June Council Meeting will be held on the last Monday due to Budget Estimates preparation 

The scheduled 18 January 2021 Council Meeting will be held in the upstairs training room at the Scottsdale Library, 51 King Street, Scottsdale due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Members of the public are invited to attend in person, however, due to physical distancing and density limits on the room being used, the number of persons able to attend is limited.  Any member of the public who wishes to attend the meeting MUST register their details with Executive Assistant, Sarah Forsyth by 3pm Monday 18 January 2021 via email or by calling 03 6352 6500. 

Prior to admission into the meeting, persons will be asked a series of questions (see below) and for their contact details (name and phone number), and access to the meeting will close at 6:00pm sharp.  If any member of the public is feeling unwell, please do not attend.

COVID-19 Questions | Pre-Entry to Council Meeting:

      1. Do you, or anyone in your household, have any flu-like symptoms?
      2. Are you experiencing a cough?
      3. Are you experiencing a shortness of breath?
      4. Have you had a fever (above 37.5 degrees) in the last 14 days?
      5. Have you had any close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
      6. Have you returned from a medium risk area (areas in QLD and NSW) in the last 14 days?

If answers to any of the above questions are a 'yes', please do not attend the Council Meeting.

Agenda and Attachments

The agenda and attachments for Council Meetings are made available to the public on the Thursday prior to the scheduled Meeting.  They can be downloaded below or a hard copy can be collected from Council's friendly Customer Service Team.  To view both current and the last six (6) years agendas and minutes, click on the links below:

Agenda and Attachments

Public Question Time and Deputations

Members of the public can ask questions or make a deputation (statement) at any Council Meeting.  Policy 41 Public Question Time and Deputations Information Sheet gives you guidelines and the process on how to make a deputation or to speak during public question time.  You can also submit a question/s on notice to the General Manager 7 days prior to a Council Meeting.  Deputations and Questions can be submitted any of the following ways and must include your name, where you live (i.e. Scottsdale), and an email address and/or contact phone number (your name and where you live will be included in the public agenda):

Emailed to: or

Posted to: PO Box 21, Scottsdale 7260 marked to the attention of the General Manager, or

Dropped into the Council Offices at 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale

Council Meeting Audio

The audio recording of the Council Meeting, except for any part held in Closed Session, will be made available to the public as soon as practicable after the meeting via Council’s website and social media.

The audio from Council Meetings can be downloaded below:

18 January 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
21 December 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
16 November 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
19 October 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
21 September 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
9 September 2020 Special Council Meeting - Audio Recording
17 August 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
20 July 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
29 June 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
18 May 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording
27 April 2020 Council Meeting - Audio Recording

Annual General Meeting

As stated in Section 72B of the Local Government Act 1993, Council is required to hold their Annual General Meeting no later than 15 December each year.  Council held their AGM at the Bridport Hall on Monday 18 November, 2019.  Agendas and Minutes (including the Annual Report) for Council's previous AGM's can be found here

In 2020, Council had scheduled their AGM for Monday 16 November, however due to COVID-19 delaying the audit of Council's financials, this date is no longer applicable.  The Premier issued a Notice pursuant to Section 13 of the COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Micellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 on 28 October 2020 to extend the statutory timeframe under Section 72B of the Local Government Act 1993 by 3 months (effectively until the 15 March 2021).  The date for the AGM will be advertised as soon as known.