Coun­cil unan­i­mous against live-stream

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Jar­rod Lu­cas

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.

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