City of Melville allow public to access audio recordings of council meetings

Members of the public will be able to listen to audio recordings of council meetings.
Members of the public will be able to listen to audio recordings of council meetings.

THE public will be able to listen to audio recordings of City of Melville council meetings after the council ticked off on a new policy.

Members of the community will be able to listen to agenda briefing forums, ordinary and special meetings of council and general and special meeting of electors on the council’s website within 10 working days, free of charge from May.

The council has stopped short of live streaming, following council officers concerns about the costs and potential defamation.

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It was also noted that the take up of live streams was “very limited” by the community.

Other councils to adopt the recording of council meetings include the Town of Cambridge and City of Canning while the Cities of Vincent and Joondalup live stream their meetings.

The new policy was passed unanimously at the March 19 meeting after previously being deferred at the December council meeting.

When council goes behind closed doors, the meeting will still be recorded but members of the public will not be able to listen to those portions of the meeting.

The new policy has been in the works for more than a year after the council directed staff to investigate the public audio recording of meetings in February 2018, including looking at live streaming meetings.

Councillors who are absent from proceedings behind closed doors will need a resolution of the council to access audio recordings .

Council transparency

A motion from councillor Matthew Woodall for the administration to create an online Governance and Accountability page on the City’s website was also passed at the March meeting.

The page will include a register of councillor allowances and reimbursements, along with any travel outside the Perth metro with the dates, location, cost and purpose included.

It is intended that the page is updated annually, commencing in July 2019.

As part of the motion chief executive Marten Tieleman has been asked to consider include the primary function, salary scales, allowances and travel undertake by senior City staff.

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