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More information sought on public briefings, circus and carnivals motion

Item 8.3 the councillor briefing policy is discussed at the July council meeting

Councillors have voted to get more information and determine what is best practice before opening councillor briefings to the public.

A policy was presented to the July council meeting to open the council briefings to the public from August following a resolution passed in May.

However, Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said following discussions with councillors and staff, it became apparent that there was more work to be done.

"We need to take a step back and take a comprehensive look at the whole process of council including the incorporation of any major changes in the new Local Government Act," Cr Speedie said.

"We need to get this right, this is about ensuring a result that is efficient, effective and improves the process."

A report will be submitted to a future council meeting later this year.

Councillors also passed a motion for officers to prepare a report that provides policy options for the use of council-owned land for the performance and display of exotic animals in circuses and carnivals.

The motion was in response to a notice of motion put forward by Cr Kat Bennett.

Cr Bennett said the motion was about starting the conversation within the council and getting the facts and figures to inform the councillors' decision.

She said the motion was in response to community feedback she received and was specific to council land.

An online petition had more than 1400 signatures and although it did not meet the council's petition guidelines, it was tabled community feedback.

The report is expected to be presented to a council meeting later this year.

Item 11.1 the motion regarding circuses and carnivals on council-owned land is discussed

Summary

Councillors have voted to get more information on opening councillor briefings to the public and on  the motion regarding circuses and carnivals on council-owned land at the July council meeting.