Televised meetings will ensure transparency
MY old heart leapt when I began to read in last week’s edition the item about Cottesloe council's television initiatives.
At last, I briefly thought, US-style long-overdue transparency at council and council committee meetings in WA.
A former City Commission chairman in a California city of 75,000 where such meetings were telecast live on one of the Community Cable channels, I experienced first-hand the great value of such transparency.
No excuse or room for the censorship, evasiveness and manipulation of minutes by the bullying, controlling administration; no opportunity for grandstanding, bizarre behaviour and pursuit of personal agendas by elected members – and total transparency, especially about collusion and bloc voting, is ensured.
Moreover, if these disgraceful practices sound like what is ongoing in your council, they more than likely are, even in 2016.
Recent circus-like proceedings and pantomime-style behaviour at council meetings in some western suburbs make the machinations at the tainted Perth City Council look tame by comparison.
Cottesloe council's commendable support for such transparency sets a benchmark that all councils should immediately follow; the ratepayer communication benefits are obvious.
Failure to follow the Cottesloe lead will only ensure that complaints to the Department of Local Government about continuing lack of good governance by dissatisfied and unhappy ratepayers continue at what is a surprising volume.
It surely is time that total transparency in all local government activities – especially those involving councillors – became enforceable legislation. GrahamHornel, CityBeach.