Council and committee meetings

As a member of our community, council decisions often affect you directly and we encourage your interest and participation in local issues. Members of the public are welcome to ask a question, make a statement or just observe the proceedings at open meetings. The City of Fremantle meetings include:

  • ordinary council meetings
  • committee meetings, and
  • other meetings, including advisory committees and working groups.

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Meeting place and dates
Committees
Agendas
Community participation
Minutes
Delegation
Confidential items

Meeting place and dates 

North Fremantle Community Hall Location Map

Due to the Kings Square Renewal Project, council and committee meetings will be temporarily held at the North Fremantle Community Hall. Meetings commence at 6.00 pm. North Fremantle Community Hall is located at 2 Thompson Road, North Fremantle (see map).  Access to overflow parking is off Hevron Street, North Fremantle.

The audit and risk management committee will be closed to the public while the administration offices are located in the temporary office at Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street Fremantle.

Click here to view the meeting schedule.

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Committees

The council has established committees in accordance with the Local Government Act, and has delegated some of its powers to some of those committees. The committees are:

  •  Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee
  •  Planning Committee
  •  Strategic Planning and Transport Committee
  •  Audit and Risk Management Committee

Terms of reference, committee membership, and a description of the functions of the committees can be found in the Council: Committees and Groups Register 2019-2021.

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Agendas

Agendas are published on the City’s website by 5.00 pm on the Friday before the meeting. A limited number of agendas are available at each meeting. A copy of the agenda may be printed on request.

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Community participation

Time is set aside during open council and committee meetings for public question time. All members of the public who wish to ask a question or make a statement will be given an opportunity to do so.
To register to speak, you may:

  • submit your question or provide detail of your statement before 12 noon on the day of the meeting (these questions and statements may be given priority).
  • register at the venue (at least ten minutes before the meetings starts) and the presiding member will call you forward to address the meeting.  A registration form is available outside the meeting venue between 5.30 pm and 5.50 pm on the day of the meeting.
  • raise your hand when the presiding member asks if there are any questions and or statements from the public.

Once you have asked your question or made your statement, you will not be able to enter into the discussion or debate the issue with members.  Once your item has been dealt with, you may remain for the rest of the meeting or leave the venue at any time.

If you would like to register to speak in reference to an item at a planning committee meeting, contact the planning committee meeting support officer on 08 9432 9805 or planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au before close of business the day of the meeting, or  register outside the meeting venue up to ten minutes before the meeting is due to commence.  

Questions must relate to an item on the agenda or the ordinary business or function of the City of Fremantle.

Special deputations and petitions may also be presented at council and committee meetings.

Click here for more information on participating at council and committee meetings.

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Minutes 

Decisions and recommendations to council made by the council or committee are recorded in the minutes of the meeting but not the council or committee's general discussion on each item.  If you speak during public question time, a summary of your question or statement, including your name will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

Council and committee meetings may be recorded and copies may be available to purchase in accordance with City of Fremantle policy Recordings and transcripts of council and standing committee meetings.

Unconfirmed minutes are published within ten business days following the council meeting and five business days following committee meetings.

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Delegation 

The planning committee, finance, policy, operations and legislation committee and the strategic planning and transport committee have delegation to make certain decisions on behalf of council.

More information on delegations to committees can be found in the delegated authority register.

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Confidential items

Occasionally, members of the public may be requested by the presiding member to temporarily leave a committee or council meeting to allow for discussion of a confidential item.

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Contact us

City of Fremantle
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street
Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
TTY 08 9432 9777
info@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Useful documents

Meeting procedure policy
Community participation at council and committee meetings

Useful links

Western Australian Planning Commission
State Administrative Tribunal