Bayside Council welcomes the public back to meetings after going online in response to COVID

Bayside Council welcomed the public back to its meetings at Rockdale Town Hall last night after several months of holding online meetings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council has been holding its scheduled meetings online since April 1 with councillors linked via video and members of the public excluded.

The meetings were video recorded and streamed live on Bayside Council's Facebook page to reach the widest possible audience.

Last night, Bayside mayor Joe Awada welcomed the public back to live meetings, although in a different configuration.

Meetings will be held in the town hall rather than the council chambers upstairs to allow councillors to observe the four square-metre social distancing requirement.

And the public gallery was limited to 15 people.

"With changes to the Public Health Order it is pleasing to have councillors, staff and members of the public once again being able to attend the council meetings in person," Cr Awada said.

Instead of dwelling on the past few months, the council agenda looked ahead with the debate supporting the concept of a Brighton-Le-Sands and Sans Souci ferry service to attract tourists and create jobs.

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