Wollondilly Council to live stream meetings

Wollondilly Council will live stream its council meetings from next year. The council will join others who have already implemented the technology such as Wollongong, Newscatle and the Greater Dandenong.
Wollondilly Council will live stream its council meetings from next year. The council will join others who have already implemented the technology such as Wollongong, Newscatle and the Greater Dandenong.

Wollondilly Council is the first in the Macarthur region to allow residents to watch it’s council meetings from the comfort of their own home from early next year.

The council will live stream the discussions over the internet using webcam. The video and audio will be archived for locals to watch later.

Councillors voted to adopt the technology at the last council meeting.

Councillor Matt Gould said the technolgoy allowed the council to be more accountable and transparent.

“The community deserve to know why we vote the way we do,” he said.

Cr Gould said that live streaming the meetings meant people who were not able to physically attend the council chambers could still be informed.

“Warragamba to Picton is about a 84 kilometre round trip and that is too far for many people to travel for the meeting,” he said.

The video will be accessed via a link on the council’s website.

Cr Gould said implementing the technology would cost about $7800.

Councillor Simon Landow commended Cr Gould for proposing the idea.

“There is a small cost involved in making this happen and I am all for it,” he said.

“It is only fitting the council join the list of councils already live streaming their meetings.

“We too need to move into the 21st century.”

Former councillor Benn Banasik had previously proposed a similar idea but it had been rejected due to the cost.

Wollondilly will join the likes of Wollongong and Newscastle councils which already live stream council meetings.

The idea of webcasting an audio recording of the meetings was raised at Campbelltown Council during the last council term but it was not supported at the time.

“Webcasting of the council meetings has not yet been considered by the recently elected council,” city governance director Michael Sewell said.

“Further consideration of a change of the council’s position is a matter for the newly elected council.

“Members of the public are welcome to attend all Campbelltown Council meetings, which are held from 6.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

“The minutes of each meeting are made available on the council’s website by 4pm the following Friday.”