Guidelines for speakers at Council Committees

Speaking at Committee meetings

As part of our democratic process, members of the community are invited to speak directly to Councillors during Committee meetings about items on the agenda.

To hear a wide range of views and concerns within the limited time available, we encourage people interested in speaking at Committee to:

  • register to speak by calling Council before 12 midday on the day of the meeting – see phone numbers under contacts
  • check the recommendation in the Committee report before speaking, as it may address your concerns already and you only need to indicate your support for the recommendation
  • note there is a 3 minute time limit for each speaker (with a warning bell at 2 minutes) and prepare your presentation to cover your major points within that time
  • avoid repeating what previous speakers have said and focus on issues and information that the Committee may not already know
  • if there is a large number of people interested in the same item as you, try to nominate 3 representatives to speak on your behalf and to indicate how many people they are representing
  • be prepared to quickly return to the microphone and respond briefly to any questions from Councillors, after all speakers on an item have made their presentations.

Committee meetings can continue until very late, particularly when there is a long agenda and a large number of speakers. This has an impact on speakers who have to wait, as well as Council staff and Councillors who are required to remain focused and alert. As a result, at the start of each Committee meeting the Committee Chair may reorder agenda items so that those items with speakers can be dealt with first.


Local Pedestrian Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee
02 9265 9648

Local Planning Panel
02 9265 9310

Central Sydney Planning Committee
02 9265 9310

All other Committees
02 9265 9519

Last updated: Monday, 30 September 2019