At 6.29 pm during the conduct of Council’s meeting this evening four of the eight Councillors present left the Council Chambers effectively leaving Council without a quorum. In accordance with clause 5.11 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, the Mayor announced the lack of a quorum and adjourned the meeting for thirty minutes.
At 6.59pm the Mayor reconvened the meeting and at that stage four Councillors were present in the Council Chambers. The Mayor in announcing the reconvening of the meeting then made an announcement to ascertain whether any other Councillors were in the vicinity of the Council Chambers and wished to re-join the meeting. No other Councillors responded.
Given the continued lack of quorum for the meeting, the Mayor gave due regard to clause 5.12 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice which states:
5.12 In either case, the meeting must be adjourned to a time, date and place fixed:
(a) by the chairperson, or
(b) in the chairperson’s absence, by the majority of the councillors present, or
(c) failing that, by the general manager.
Obviously, clause 5.12(a) of the Code of Meeting Practice provides for the Mayor to adjourn the meeting to a time, date and place of the Mayor’s choosing.
In this regard, Council’s Ordinary Meeting which commenced at 5.00pm 25 July 2019 has been formally adjourned to 11.00am on 26 July 2019 in the Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers at the corner of Coffs and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour.