Council Meetings

COVID-19 and Council’s General Meetings

Members of the public are now permitted to attend Council Meetings in person. Council’s Meetings will proceed on the second Wednesday of each month commencing at 6.30pm in the Council Chambers.

Conditions of attendance

Members of the public are required to register their attendance and must adhere to strict social distancing measures (1 person per 2 square metres). In addition, all attendees are required to wear a face mask upon arrival.

Updated arrangements

Council is mindful of the safety and welfare of Councillors, staff and the public requiring extra precautions and management of the meeting in the Council Chambers. Social distancing requirements means a limited number of public attendees will be allowed to be in the Council Chamber at one time. All attendees are required to register to attend and wear a face mask upon arrival.

Registrations to attend and/or speak are to be received one day prior to the meeting by emailing Registrations must identify the item on the agenda (item number) which you wish to speak and are encouraged to provide a copy of the address to Council.”

Please do not register or attend Council if you are ill even in a minor way. Please also do not attend if you have come into contact with someone who is displaying fever, cold and flu like symptoms.

Generally, a maximum of four addresses from the public are permitted on any agenda or non-agenda item – usually two addresses for and two against the recommendation, in respect of agenda items. Where more than four registrations to speak are received on an item, preference will be given to those registrations received by Council first.

A time limit of three minutes per address applies so members of the public should ensure their addresses meet this criteria.

All of the written addresses will be distributed to Councillors and relevant Senior Staff prior to the Meeting to ensure that Councillors have all available information on hand to make appropriate and well-informed decisions. Meetings will continue to be live-streamed via the usual link:

If there are any questions in respect of the above, contact should be made with Council’s Council Meeting and Governance Officer on 9847 6836 or by emailing

The most significant decisions in Hornsby Shire are made at the public Council meetings which are held each month. All meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 296 Peats Ferry Road (formerly Pacific Highway), Hornsby. The meetings start at 6.30pm.

Live streaming of Council Meetings

You can now view Council Meetings live from the comfort of your own home. As of 8 August 2018 General Meetings of Council will be live streamed from the Council Chambers and viewable at You are also able to access archived meetings (for the preceding six months). Confidential sessions of Council Meetings will not be broadcast. If the webcast stream goes black during a meeting, this means that Council has entered into confidential session.

Hornsby Council accepts no liability for any defamatory remarks that may be made during the course of the meeting.

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How to access business papers

Council’s business papers include the reports and staff recommendations for each item to be considered by Council, while the attachments contain further details such as plans and photographs. The reports and attachments are published on Council’s website nine days before each meeting.

The minutes of the meeting detail Council’s decisions about those items and are published on the website by 5pm on the Friday following the meeting.

Go to business papers and minutes (from October 2008 to now)

Minutes only for the period 1906 – 2008 are available below.

For full Business Papers for the period 1997 – 2008, please contact Council’s Access to Information Team on 98476027 or email

All Council meetings are audio recorded and the recordings, excluding any confidential items, are available on the website (see below). Council makes every effort to ensure the full meeting is included in the recording. However, the equipment occasionally experiences malfunctions and Council cannot guarantee the meeting is always recorded in its entirety.

Hornsby Local Planning Panel Meetings

Business Papers, Minutes and Audio Recordings in respect of matters determined by the Hornsby Local Planning Panel.