Ratepayers in the Moyne Shire can expect big decisions from council to be thin on the ground in the coming weeks.
As of 12 noon on September 22, the cut off for candidates to nominate for the 2020 council elections, Moyne Shire has gone into caretaker mode.
This will last until 6pm on council election day, Saturday October 24.
During the caretaker period, councillors have a number of restrictions placed on them.
These include councillors not using council resources in a way that is likely to affect the result of the upcoming election.
Councillors are permitted to speak to the media and in other public forums during the caretaker period.
But if they chose to do so, they must speak on behalf of themselves as candidates, not as representatives of council.
Council can not make a commitment to any project that would exceed more than one per cent of its income derived from general rates, charges or services.
Public events called by council will be limited to internal meetings that are necessary to be held for council to carry out its required functions.
Community meetings will not be held during this time.
Any public consultation considered politically sensitive or contentious is to be put on hold by council during the caretaker period.
Moyne Shire CEO Bill Millard said the key aspect of the caretaker period is to prevent council actions from interfering with the election process.