The Council is a legal entity composed of its members (i.e., the Councillors). The Council is not a ‘natural’ person, it can act in only one of two ways:
The power of a Council to act by resolution is set out in Section 59 of the Local Government Act 2020 as follows:
Where a Council is empowered to do any act, matter or thing, the decision to do the act, matter or thing is to be made by a resolution of the Council.
Alternatively, a Council can act through others by delegating its powers via written ‘instruments of delegation’.
The Local Government Act 2020 and other acts make express provision for the appointment of delegates to act on behalf of the Council.
The Council operates a monthly cycle of meetings:
Assembly of Councillors – Business Review
Planning and Development Committee
Finance and Operations Committee
Unscheduled meetings as required
Meetings are held on Wednesday in the Civic Centre, 13 Mair Street, Benalla, unless otherwise advised. Meetings commence at 5.30pm. During daylight savings time meetings commence at 6pm.
Members of the public are encouraged to watch the live broadcast of the meetings on the Council's YouTube Channel.
Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings other than Assemblies of Councillors.
Agendas and Minutes for all meetings other than Assemblies of Councillors are available for download.