A south-west council will skip its January public meeting and host all meetings in one town this year.
Every Moyne Shire Council ordinary meeting will take place at Mortlake's council offices to allow for live-streaming, and from February shift to the first Tuesday of every month.
Shire mayor Daniel Meade said the new council agreed to move the meeting dates, usually on the last Tuesday each month, because this year the January meeting was on a public holiday.
"Given that the last Tuesday of January 2021 falls on the Australia Day public holiday, the new council agreed to move the meetings to the first Tuesday of each month," Cr Meade said.
But the council has decided to skip the January meeting altogether, meaning there will only be 11 ordinary council meetings this year rather than a usual 12.
There will also be seven weeks between last year's final meeting and this year's first.
Major council decisions require a majority of councillors at ordinary meetings to hear officer recommendations and vote on what action to take.
The public also has opportunity to address each meeting.
Cr Jim Doukas said the council should have scheduled a meeting for January.
"There is no reason why we can't still have a January meeting," Cr Doukas said.
"Who knows what goes on between the middle of December and right through to February, there could be issues that need discussion.
"Either way there is unfinished business from last year that could have been dealt with in January."
But Moyne Shire Council CEO Bill Millard said there was no loss from there being fewer meetings in 2021.
"No decisions have been delayed as a result of moving the meetings, there will be no impact on productivity," Mr Millard said.
He said councillors were attending three workshops this month, and would receive no change to payments.
Mr Millard said every ordinary meeting was planned for Mortlake because the council had new technology to live-stream meetings that was unable to move to different locations.
"Currently the most suitable location for council meetings is the Mortlake chambers, particularly given COVID distancing requirements and internet connectivity for the live-streaming," he said.
Last year the council began looking for new meeting rooms in Port Fairy with childcare facilities likely to expand at the Port Fairy Community Centre.
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