City of Bayswater council audio system to expand audience

City of Bayswater council audio system to expand audience

BAYSWATER residents could soon watch council deliberations from home, after the City of Bayswater decided to update  its audio system.

Last week, the council voted to spend up to $90,000 to update the chamber’s conference and audio system and to start recording all council meetings to upload to the City’s website.

They will also consider live audio and video streaming and electronic voting, with results displayed in the chamber.

Cr Chris Cornish has lost a similar motion twice before.

He said there were only four people in the gallery as he spoke at last week’s council meeting, despite there being tens of thousands of people in the City who had a right to hear council deliberations.

“This is such a critical component to record… it will open the chamber up to 60,000, 70,000 people online in the City of Bayswater,” Cr Cornish said.

“Let’s allow people to listen to debate concerning them.”

Cr Dan Bull said the move was an important transparency step for council.

There had been ongoing complaints about volume with the current analogue system.