City investigates live streaming council meetings

City of Melville administration building.
City of Melville administration building.

LIVE streaming of City of Melville council meetings could soon become a reality after a motion was passed to explore the concept.

Councillor Steve Kepert’s motion for chief executive Marten Tieleman to investigate the requirements and costs of live audio and visual streaming of meetings was unanimously passed at the June 18 council meeting.

Cr Kepert said transparency was the “cornerstone of good governance” and live streaming council meetings would open them up to people unable to physically attend them.

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City of Melville Residents and Ratepayers Association (MRRA) spokesman Mark McLerie made a deputation at the meeting and called on the council to push for increased transparency.

The council ticked off on audio recordings being made available to the public via the City’s website in March and the practice began in May.

It was resolved that a video or live streaming of council meetings be deferred until the Local Government Act Reform Amendment Bill was finalised.

A motion at the December 2017 Annual General Meetings of Electors calling for live streaming of public meetings was passed.

The Cities of Vincent and Joondalup both live stream their meetings.

A report into the viability of live streaming will come back to council in September for councillors to consider.