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.
Council and committee meetings are held in the Council Chamber at the Walyalup Civic Centre
Members of the public can attend a council or committee meeting in person, or watch online.
How to register to speak online
Once your registration has been received, you will receive an email with a link and instructions for the meeting.
If you attend the meeting in person, you may register to speak at the meeting.
Council and committee meetings are held at Walyalup Civic Centre - Council Chamber, located at 151 High Street, Fremantle. Meetings commence at 6pm.
The City of Fremantle currently holds two Ordinary Council Meetings per month, which are open to the public.
The Audit and Risk Management Committee meetings will be closed to the public.
For dates and times of upcoming meetings, view the meeting schedule for 2023-24.
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*
- Audit and Risk Management Committee
- CEO Performance Review 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 2023-2025.
*At it's meeting on 11 October 2023, Council adopted a new Council and Committee Meeting Structure (meeting schedule for 2023-24) on a 6-month trial basis. Until June 2024, the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee and the Planning Committee will not be in operation.
Agendas are published on the City’s website by 5.00 pm on the Thursday before the meeting.
Decisions and recommendations made by the council or committee are recorded in the minutes of the meeting, but the council or committee's general discussion on each item is not. 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 are recorded.
Unconfirmed minutes are published within 14 days following the council meeting and 7 days following committee meetings.
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 (you will still be required to attend the meeting in person to present your statement or ask your question).
- 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 5.45 pm and 6.00 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.
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.
More information on participating at council and committee meetings can be found here.
More information on delegations to committees can be found in the register of delegated authority.
At it's meeting on 11 October 2023, Council adopted a new Council and Committee Meeting Structure (meeting schedule for 2023-24) on a 6-month trial basis. Until June 2024, the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee and the Planning Committee will not be in operation.
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.