a) The person submitting the question is required to give their name and residential address.
b) The Presiding Member has the discretion of accepting or rejecting a question, and the right to nominate a Councillor or Officer to answer.
c) In order to provide an opportunity for the greatest portion of the public to take advantage of question time, each questioner will be limited to two (2) questions per Ordinary Council Meeting, questions are to be as concise as possible with any preamble to questions kept to a minimum.
d) Questions which are considered inappropriate, offensive or otherwise not in good faith, duplicates or variations of earlier questions, relating to the personal affairs or actions of Council members or Officers, legal advice, legal proceedings or other legal processes, or would otherwise impose an unreasonable resource impost on the City, will be refused.
e) Questions from members of the public that do not comply with the Rules of Public Question Time will be refused.
f) Where a question (compliant to these rules) is raised and is unable to be answered at the meeting, the question shall be taken on notice with the response being recorded in the Agenda of the next appropriate Council Meeting. A copy of the response will also be supplied to the questioner.
g) Public Question Time is set for a period of 30 minutes, (except for Special Council Meetings for which a 15 minute period is set), and will terminate earlier should all questions have been responded to.
h) Questions to be asked at the meeting will be registered, and the priority for asking questions will be the order in which they are received by the City (that is, prior to 12 noon on the business day immediately preceding the meeting).
i) Any extension to the initial period for Public Question Time is to be limited to a period that will allow sufficient time for any remaining questions to be asked and responded to.