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Even though you may have attended many meetings, chairing a meeting can be quite daunting.
There are strict protocols for Council meetings which will comply with your Standing Orders. Standing Orders, also known as Meeting Procedures, may vary from Council to Council and it is important to be familiar with yours.
The role of chair carries responsibilities. Be impartial, objective, and free of bias.
A Mayor will preside at each Ordinary Meeting of Council. If the Mayor is absent, the Deputy Mayor will preside. Council chooses the Chairperson who presides over meetings of any Standing Committee. Topics includ
Before the meeting
Changes to the Local Government Regulation
Councillor Code of Conduct
Dealing with ‘conflicts of interest’ in a meeting