From 4 October 2023, Councillor Strategy Workshops and Briefing Sessions are included in the Scenic Rim Regional Council meeting suite.
Please note in respect to both the Strategy Workshops and Briefing Sessions:
No decision-making or voting takes place at these meetings.
As these are not formal meetings of Council, there is no public gallery for these meetings and it will not be live streamed.
While no quorum is required, all Councillors are required to attend Briefing Sessions and Workshops.
Council will publish a list of topics to be discussed at each of these forums on Council's website, subject to confidentiality. This does not include publishing of the outcomes or reports.
Workshops are a process for Councillors, employees and external parties to collaborate, develop or advance proposals, and include topics of strategic importance to collectively develop proposals prior to formal decision-making. Examples include discussions to determine strategic priorities, the development of the budget, initial input into the development or review of Council policies, initial development of a new Planning Scheme etc.
While workshops are not formal decision-making forums they may be used as the basis for officers to develop a firmer proposal which may be considered formally by Council in the future. No decision-making or voting takes place at these meetings.
Briefing sessions provide a valuable opportunity to enhance the decision-making process and are a forum for the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Officers to address any Councillor questions and provide additional background on matters coming before Council for decision. No decision-making or voting takes place at these meetings.
Briefing sessions provide a forum for:
Councillors to be fully informed on complex matters that will allow for more effective discussion and debate during subsequent formal meetings;
Councillors to share their views with each other; and for Councillors to seek further information, clarification and background details from Council officers or any guest presenters;
Officers to advise Councillors of their professional opinions and reasoning behind their intended recommendations; or