Council unanimous against live-stream
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will not follow in the footsteps of regional councils like Geraldton or Bunbury by live-streaming future council meetings.
City councillors were unanimous at Monday’s ordinary council meeting, voting 10-0 against the proposal which was designed to increase residents’ access to the council and demonstrate transparency and accountability.
The City’s customer service coordinator Anthony Sherlock had recommended the council consider an allocation of $50,000 in the 2016-17 budget to purchase and install equipment and also stream for one year.
The costs would also include an annual budget allocation of $17,000 for live streaming fees for each year thereafter.
But councillors voted down the proposal without discussion, clearly a sign the City is tightening its purse strings amid the tough economic climate.
The City found as many as 10 local governments across Australia live stream their ordinary council meetings, including Bunbury, Geraldton, Mundaring and Joondalup in WA.
Feedback indicated the average viewing audience varied.
Joondalup has a population of about 120,000 but an average of only three residents tuned in.
Bunbury (20 with population of 23,000) and Geraldton (25 with population of 24,000) were only slightly better.
Mr Sherlock said feedback indicated the costs for the equipment to make audio visual recordings can vary between $20,000 and $40,000.