The new look Coorong District Council will also have a new look council meeting staring this month.
For the first time, members of the public will be able to address the council with questions during a 30 minute period, a feature that will become a permanent part of council meetings that Mayor Paul Simmons says will ensure transparency and local community engagement.
“Our vision for this Council over the coming years, is to ensure community members can have more of a say on how decisions are made and how budgets are spent,” Mayor Simmons says.
“The first step in making this happen is allowing them to gain an insight into the chamber each month and ask direct questions to the leadership group.
“Of course we want to continue encouraging all community members to contact Council Members and appropriate Council officers as issues arise in the district.
“However, Public Question Time will allow them the unique chance to raise their concerns with all of these people at once.”
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Vincent Cammell also welcomed the move.
“Public Question Time adds strength to our community engagement framework and can help provide clarity for people, on what may often seem like complex issues,” Mr Cammell says.
“There will likely be some challenging questions thrown at our leaders during these sessions, but that’s part of local government leadership, and I’m sure they’ll rise to the challenge.”
Meetings are also shifting from day to night to ensure those who work during the day can attend.