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Council Meetings

Council meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6.00pm to discuss and decide on various Council business items. Meetings are held in-person within the Council Chamber, Shire Hall - 239 Barkly Street, Ararat - please see the schedule of dates listed below.  

You can watch meetings live on Facebook on the day of the meeting or view the recording at a later date. 

Council meetings are open to the public, however, we do ask that members arrive prior to 6:00pm, so that we can commence the meeting on time. After 6:00pm the doors will be closed to the public.

Agendas will be posted on the website prior to each meeting, and Minutes will be posted within one week following the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Chandra Willmott, Governance Coordinator on 5355 0231 or [email protected].

Important Information
Petitions and Joint letters

Council provides the opportunity for petitions and joint letters to be presented at Council meetings where they are related to issues in which Council has direct interest or responsibility. Petitions relating to town planning items are dealt with as part of the formal planning process, rather than separately at a Council meeting.

To lodge
Petitions will be included in the agenda for the next available Council meeting. Petitions can be lodged by:

Mail:             PO Box 246, Ararat, VIC, 3377
Email:          [email protected]
In person:    59 Vincent Street, Ararat, VIC 3377 


  1. Every petition or joint letter presented to Council must be in writing (other than pencil), contain the request of the petitioners or signatories and be signed by at least 12 people.
  2. Every petition or joint letter must be signed by the persons whose names are appended to it by their names or marks, and, except in cases of incapacity or sickness, by no one else and the address of every petitioner or signatory must be clearly stated.
  3. Any signature appearing on a page which does not bear the text of the whole of the petition or request may not be considered by Council.
  4. Every page of a hard copy petition or joint letter must be a single page of paper and not be posted, stapled, pinned or otherwise affixed or attached to any piece of paper other than another page of the petition or joint letter.
  5. Electronic or online petitions, joint letters, memorials or like applications must contain the name and email address of each petitioner or signatory, which details will, for the purposes of this Rule 55, qualify as the address and signature of such petitioner or signatory. 
  6. If a petition, joint letter, memorial or other like application relates to an operational matter, Council must refer it to the Chief Executive Officer for consideration. 
Request to Address Council

Public question time will not exceed 15 minutes in duration. Questions submitted to Council must be:

- In writing, state the name and address of the person submitting the question and be in a form approved or permitted by Council; and
- Placed in the receptacle designated for the purpose at the place of the meeting prior to the commencement of the Council meeting or be lodged electronically at the prescribed email address prior to 5pm on the day of the Council meeting.

A time limit of 3 minutes per presenter will apply.

For more information and to apply to address Council, please click here. Ensure that you read through and fill out the form below and return to:

Mail:              PO Box 246, Ararat, VIC, 3377
Email:           [email protected]
In person:    59 Vincent Street, Ararat, VIC 3377 

If you have any questions, please contact Chandra Willmott, Governance Coordinator on 5355 0231 or [email protected].

2022 Council Meeting Schedule
  • 5.00pm - Tuesday 11 January 2022 
    Unscheduled Meeting, to discuss Planning Application for Development of 137-139 Grano Street, Ararat;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 25 January 2022;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 15 February 2022
    Unscheduled Meeting, to discuss consideration of submissions for Amendment CO39arat Pt2 and Planning Application No. PA3085 for 5 lot subdivision of 1 Blackie Avenue, Ararat.

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 22 February 2022; 

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 29 March 2022;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 26 April 2022;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 31 May 2022;

  • 6:00pm- Tuesday 14 June 2022
    Unscheduled Meeting, to discuss two contractual matters 

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 28 June 2022;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 26 July 2022;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 30 August 2022;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 27 September 2022; and

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 25 October 2022;

  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 8 November 2022 - Statutory Meeting.

2023 Council Meeting Schedule
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 29 November 2022
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 31 January 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 28 February 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 28 March 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 18 April 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 30 May 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 27 June 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 25 July 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 29 August 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 26 September 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 31 October 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 14 November 2023 (Statutory Meeting)
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 28 November 2023
2024 Council Meeting Schedule
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 28 November 2023
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 30 January 2024  
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 27 February 2024
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 26 March 2024 
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 30 April 2024
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 28 May 2024
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 25 June 2024 
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 30 July 2024 
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 27 August 2024 
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 24 September 2024  
  • 6.00pm - Tuesday 12 November 2024 (Statutory Meeting)

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