Concern over live stream
Identities may be concealed if Noosa meetings broadcast
FACES of Noosa Council staff are likely to be shielded from view to protect their privacy if councillors vote to adopt a recommendation to live stream monthly ordinary and general committee meetings.
Staff have been researching how other councils have approached broadcasting of meetings to make their decision-making processes more accessible and have come up with a preferred option.
This is to use one fixed highdefinition camera and three “omnidirectional microphones” that will cost $2100.
Live streaming may also be eventually extended to the other committee meetings held in open council.
CEO Brett de Chastel said some council staff had expressed concern at “the potential for their responses in council and committee meetings to be taken out of context and reproduced online by other parties”.
“Our staff are not public figures and they value their privacy,” he said.
Mr de Chastel said some staff were also concerned about their personal identity appearing online in video in line with staff who work at other councils who currently undertake live video streaming.
He said if the practice was adopted at this round of meetings, Noosa would place the camera on the chamber roof looking along the table so staff who sit at the end would face away from the camera.
“This should minimise, but not completely eliminate, some concerns,” he said.
Mr de Chastel said the risks of greater public scrutiny included increasing the chance of defamation as there is no “parliamentary privilege” for local government and the possibility that some councillors will “play to the camera”.
He said the Central Highlands Council had advised “overall behaviours at council meetings has improved since the introduction of live video”.
‘‘ OUR STAFF ARE NOT PUBLIC FIGURES AND THEY VALUE THEIR PRIVACY. CEO BRETT DE CHASTEL