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The purpose of the Biosecurity Advisory Committee is to provide high level strategic leadership and direction on the functions and responsibilities listed below.
The functions of the Toowoomba Region Biosecurity Advisory Committee are:
General meetings will be held on the third Friday of August, November, February and May (except for Local Government election years where the May meeting will be foregone to allow for establishment of the new committee).
Additional meetings and/or field inspections may be scheduled as and when required. Attendance at additional meetings, workshops or field inspections shall be discretionary.
Council will generally be responsible for providing a suitable venue for meetings.
If you would like to contact the Biosecurity Advisory Committee please email us at email@example.com
This email will be received by our Conservation and Pest Management team who will ensure it is forwarded to the relevant committee member.
The membership of the Biosecurity Advisory Committee consist of:
Biosecurity Advisory Committee Minutes - 21 August 2020
Biosecurity Advisory Committee Minutes - 20 November 2020
Biosecurity Advisory Committee Minutes - 19 February 2021
Biosecurity Advisory Committee Minutes - 21 May 2021
The Toowoomba Region Biosecurity Advisory Committee is constituted under Section 264 of Local Government Regulation 2012, which empowers the Council to appoint advisory committees.
Tenure of committee
The Toowoomba Region Biosecurity Advisory Committee will be established by an incoming Council for a term expiring upon Council entering the caretaker period prior to the next Queensland Local Government quadrennial election, unless disbanded earlier by Council resolution.
(a) The Toowoomba Region Biosecurity Advisory Committee will consist of up to twenty-seven members, as follows:
An appropriate officer nominated by each adjoining Local Authority (6).
(b) Appointment of adjoining Local Authority, Industry and State Agency representatives will be made by way of invitation to organisations including, but not limited to, the following:
Lockyer Regional Council
(c) Appointment of the community representatives to the Advisory Committee will be made by Council after nominations have been invited in newspapers circulating in the area seeking expressions of interest from residents.
(d) If any Member of the Advisory Committee is absent from two consecutive general meetings without having obtained leave of absence from the Advisory Committee, the Member's continued membership of that Advisory Committee will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for determination.
(e) The General Manager, Environment and Community Services Group, or nominee, will provide appropriate advice and administrative support to assist the Advisory Committee to meet its obligations.
(a) A committee member may resign at any time by way of written or emailed advice to the Chairperson.
(b) When a resignation is received, the resigning member may be replaced as follows:
If the Chairperson is absent or unavailable to preside, the meeting shall be presided over by one of the two additional Councillors appointed to the Advisory Committee.
The Quorum for Advisory Committee General Meetings will be a minimum of 51% of the membership.
Unless otherwise provided in these Terms of Reference, the Advisory Committee will generally adopt informal meeting procedures. Where more formal procedures are required, the procedures described in Council's Standing Orders will apply.
(a) Each Member of the Advisory Committee may vote on business before the Committee, except where the Member has a conflict of interest.
(b) Voting at a meeting must be open and questions decided by a majority of the votes of the Members present however, if the votes are equal, the Member presiding has a casting vote.
(c) If a member present fails to vote, the member is taken to have voted in the negative.
Conflict of interest
(a) Where Committee Members have a conflict of interest, or could reasonably be taken to have a conflict of interest, in an issue being considered or to be considered at the meeting, the Member must declare the conflict of interest to the meeting and must not be present while the matter, or a related matter, is being considered by the Committee or otherwise take part in any decision of the Committee in relation to the matter or a related resolution.
(b) For the purposes of this clause, a Member has a conflict of interest in an issue if there is a conflict between the Member's private interest and the public interest.
Open to the public
(a) General Meetings are to be open to the public, except where confidential matters are discussed.
(b) When the Committee proposes to close a meeting to the public, the Chair will direct all persons, other than Members of the Committee, to leave the meeting and every person will immediately comply with the direction.
(c) Non-members may, with the permission of the Chairperson, address the Advisory Committee on any item of business listed on the agenda however, a non-member will not vote on any matter at an Advisory Committee meeting.
(a) Should matters of a confidential nature be discussed at a meeting, the meeting may be closed to the public in accordance with Section 275(1) of Local Government Regulation 2012.
(b) A person who is or has been a Member of an Advisory Committee must not make improper use of information acquired as a Member to -
The Toowoomba Region Biosecurity Advisory Committee must submit a report of each of its meetings to the Chief Executive Officer, who will list any recommendations for Council’s consideration on an agenda of a meeting of a Council Committee.
Day-to-day contact with Council will be through the Parks and Recreation Services Branch or as otherwise delegated by the Chief Executive Officer.
The Advisory Committee has the authority to establish special interest sub-groups and working groups as required to address specific matters identified by the Advisory Committee. These sub-groups (established under the same terms and conditions as the Advisory Committee) are to report back to the Advisory Committee.
Review of terms of reference
The terms of reference for this Advisory Committee shall be reviewed by the sitting Committee at its February Meeting each year and recommendations regarding desired changes submitted to Council for consideration.
Additionally, an incoming Advisory Committee shall review the terms of reference at its first meeting and either accept them or submit recommendations regarding any desired changes to Council for consideration.
Council may review the current terms of reference at any time in response to changing legislative requirements or the business needs of Council.
The Council will not generally authorise payment or provide remuneration to Members of Advisory Committees however, where special circumstances exist, Council may resolve to pay remuneration, reimburse expenses and/or provide facilities to Members of Advisory Committees.
The Council will ensure that all Members of Advisory Committees are covered by appropriate insurances (e.g. voluntary workers, public indemnity).
 275 Closed meetings
(1) A local government or committee may resolve that a meeting be closed to the public if its councillors or members consider it necessary to close the meeting to discuss-
(a) the appointment, dismissal or discipline of employees.
(b) industrial matters affecting employees.
(c) the local government’s budget.
(d) rating concessions.
(e) contracts proposed to be made by it.
(f) starting or defending legal proceedings involving Council.
(g) an action to be taken by the Council under the Sustainable Planning Act 2010, including deciding applications made to it under that Act.
(h) other business for which a public discussion would be likely to prejudice the interests of the local government or someone else, or enable a person to gain a financial advantage.
Toowoomba Region Biosecurity Plan