Vincent to revisit live streaming of meetings


City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and chief executive Len Kosova. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and chief executive Len Kosova. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

CITY of Vincent council could eliminate briefings sessions from its live streaming policy.

After passing amendments to the City’s council meeting recording policy to include the live streaming of council meetings and briefing sessions, council will once again consider a new amendment.

Briefing sessions could be taken off the policy when the item is considered at the April council meeting because decisions are not made at those sessions.

Deputy Mayor Roslyn Harley expressed her objections to live streaming briefing sessions at the last meeting.

She said briefing sessions were not originally part of the plan when the City looked into increasing its transparency.

“I won’t support this,” she said.

“The process is about streaming the council meetings and the decision making and it has turned into something more than I had imagined.

“I don’t think it is a good move at the moment (to stream briefing sessions).”

Public question time and deputations will not be live streamed under the City’s policy for privacy reasons.

The camera, hardware and installation will cost the City about $15,000, while the cost for the hosting of live web streaming is approximately $7000 initially and then $390 per meeting.