Eurobodalla Shire Council's fortnightly meetings will face several changes if a new code of meeting practice draft is adopted - and not everyone is happy.
The most significant relates to the public forum, which would no longer be recorded or webcast. There will be a stricter time limit for presentations and presenters must advise of their stance beforehand.
General Manager Dr Catherine Dale said the Office of Local Government recommended the amendments.
She said public forum would not be webcast as it was not part of meetings and there would continue to be a number of ways for the community to engage with the council. She said there were dedicated public forums for significant topics, such as the Rural Lands Strategy.
Cr Anthony Mayne said the council did not have to adopt the recommended changes.
"If you have a contentious issue, we're going to limit the amount of people who can speak for it, against it or neutral. I don't understand why we are moving away from what is a transparent and very effective system," he said.
Cr Pat McGinlay said he had a number of concerns with the draft including time restrictions and the public access session no longer being included.
"If you take them all cumulatively, it makes it very very difficult for the public to participate in meetings."
Mayor Liz Innes said the council received a clear direction from the Office of Local Government, but she wanted to keep an open mind and would take on board all considerations from the public.
The draft will be on display on Council's website and Eurobodalla libraries from April 3 to May 15.
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