Council on the record

The policy didn’t pass without some negotiation, with Deputy Mayor Mark Reynolds including an amendment designed to inform councillors of any requests to access the recordings and ensure the recordings were not passed to a third party.

The document was tabled after a resolution by council in October 2012 that the chief executive investigate new audio and electronic voting equipment, with a view to recording meetings. The recordings will be used to ensure the accuracy of minutes or can be requested by members of the public, who must give a reason for wanting to hear the tapes.