Council Meetings

COVID-19 and Council’s General Meetings

Council’s General Meeting of 8 April 2020 will proceed at 6.30pm as scheduled. However, consistent with the messaging from the NSW Government and in the interests of public health, the meeting will be conducted on line.

Most Councillors will be “attending” and participating in the Meeting via an audio-visual link and members of the public will not be permitted to attend the Council Chambers.

Members of the public who wish to address Council about items on the Meeting agenda should send their typed, written address via email to Council’s Administration staff at: Staff attending the Meeting will read your submission to Council at the appropriate time.

Written addresses are to be received by Council no later than midday, on the day of the Meeting – i.e. 8 April 2020. Please note that the time limit of three minutes per address still applies so please ensure your written submission meets this criteria.

The Meeting will be live-streamed as usual. However, for the period during which the Meeting is to be conducted on line, the method of viewing the live-stream of the Meeting may be via a different link to that which has previously been utilised. Further advice will be provided here closer to the Meeting date.

If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Governance and Administration Coordinator on 9847 6761, or email

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.

How to speak at Council meetings

Members of the public are welcome to speak at every meeting. If you would like to speak about a matter on the agenda please advise the Meeting Attendant when you arrive. If you’d like to speak about an issue that’s not on the agenda please phone 9847 6836 or email before 4pm on the day before the meeting.

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

Planning decisions register

Council also maintains a separate register of decisions about planning matters.

Audio recording of Council Meetings

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.