Council meetings in Albany could be slightly less formal with a motion to be tabled on Tuesday asking for a change to the dress code for elected members. Dress standards outlined in the existing elected members induction manual state “men should wear smart business attire i.e. trousers, jacket and tie for men, and equivalent for women” for council meetings and functions. The motion to be tabled by Cr Robert Sutton aims to change the instruction that either a jacket or tie is required as “smart business attire”. In his reasoning, he said the requirement for men to wear a tie when attending official functions was “outmoded”. “The amendment to the dress code will bring us into the 21st century,” he said. “Feedback from community and organisations who may meet with Council has been that ties are outdated and create a divide in a more casual meeting setting. “There is a growing trend to modernise the dress code for all levels of government.” Cr Sutton noted there was no “formal directive” regarding the current dress code and the change to the dress standard would “not preclude adherence to a more formal dress code if specified for civic events”. An officer comment provided by chief executive Andrew Sharpe said the council “may choose to develop a policy statement regarding dress standards”.