THE City of Whittlesea will return to in-person council meetings at its South Morang chambers in February after administrators approved the 2021 meeting schedule.

The first meeting of the new year will be on Tuesday, February 2 at 6.30pm at the council chambers.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most of this year’s council meetings have been conducted virtually and livestreamed, with broadcasts of meetings available to rewatch.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the return to a 6.30pm start time was a signal that council hoped community participation could resume in the new year.

“We hope to be able to resume face-to-face meetings in the council chamber in the new year, conditional on any COVID-19 restrictions at that time,” she said.

“It’s our aim to conduct two council meetings in community venues next year – the venues to be determined – together with the opportunity for direct interaction with residents and ratepayers by way of a community forum meeting prior to the council meeting.”

Administrator Peita Duncan said she was excited to have more face-to-face contact with the community.

“It’s fair to say that the administrators are very pleased that we’re going to be back in the chamber, but more importantly that we will be conducting two meetings in the community and meeting our ratepayers and everyone that lives in the City of Whittlesea,” she said.

“We’re very excited about this prospect, and we look forward to seeing you some time next year.”
People can view a full list of council’s 2021 meeting dates by visiting www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/about-us/council/council-meetings