Councillors in favour of live streaming
THE City of Stirling could start live streaming its meetings within three months.
Councillors voted last week to proceed with the initiative once a Live Streaming Policy had been developed.
The possibility of the content being used maliciously was raised at a councillor workshop in August and a further session will be held to assess detailed requirements including malicious use concerns.
Corporate services director Ingrid Hawkins said benefits of live streaming included increased convenience and accessibility for the public, an increased perception of transparency and a bigger reach, with meetings accessible to all.
Ms Hawkins said three meetings would be archived on the website.
“This would ensure the most current information would be available on the website,” she said.
“Once the recordings are removed from the website, to make way for new ones, the audio will be stored and will still be available to the public on request.”
It will cost ratepayers $53,920 to purchase and install the four-camera system and configure it with the current audio system as well as $33,000 a year.
A budget of $95,000 was adopted in 2018-2019 for the implementation of live streaming.