Forum speakers to register

Members of the public wanting to speak during the public forum at Queenstown Lakes District Council meetings will now have to register with the chief executive first.

At its last meeting of the year, in Queenstown, councillors approved the adoption of new standing orders that included the provision.

Corporate services general manager Meaghan Miller said it was "based on Local Government New Zealand best practice", and being introduced widely by other councils.

A report for councillors said the requirement could be waived by the mayor.

Requests would outline the matters being addressed by a speaker, and any organisation they were representing.

Speakers would still have three minutes to cover their topic, and an existing rule that no more than two speakers on a behalf of one organisation could speak during a public forum remained unchanged.


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