Information for Section 86 Hall Committees during COVID-19
Use this page to read the latest updates on COVID-19 restrictions for Hall Committees in Cardinia Shire.
Committee meetings during COVID-19
Under the Local Government Act, meetings of Section 86 Committees have the same obligations as meetings of Council. Under the new Omnibus provisions, Section 86 Committees can only meet remotely if the meeting is webcast, which may not be practical for our Section 86 Committees.
A webcast involves live streaming the virtual meeting to allow other community members to access and view the meeting.
Section 86 Committees can continue to meet on line informally without webcasting to keep in touch and discuss any issues they have, however cannot formally decide on any major issue that requires a vote while meeting online.
If you cannot webcast your meeting and believe you have a major issue or vote that needs to be made during this time of Stage 4 restrictions, please contact us to discuss this further to see what process can be undertaken in your circumstance.
Please contact Council on 1300 787 624 should you would like to dicuss this advice further.
Upcoming changes under the Local Government Act 2020
Under the 1989 Local Government Act Council was able to create Committees under the provisions of Section 86 of that Act, we commonly refer to these as ‘Section 86 Committees’.
The State Government recently introduced the Local Government Act 2020 and this Act repealed the previous Section 86 and requires the Council to revisit all Committee previously formed under the 1989 Act provisions.
Council can create ‘Community Asset Committees’ for the purpose of managing a community asset within the Shire. It is the Council’s intention to transition your Committee from a Section 86 Committee to a Community Asset Committee and continue your role, structure and delegated authorities. For all intents and purposes the only change that your Committee will notice is the change in name.
It will be necessary for updated guidance material to be provided to your Committee regarding your functions and operations and this will be done over the next few months.
We anticipate that further work will be undertaken with hall committees to ensure that processes are consistent across all sites and committees are well supported.
The new structure of your Committee needs to be in place by 1 September this year and further contact will be made with you regarding this transition as we progress this matter.