Minister aims to pull councillors into line
making information available online. Community News reporters frequently hear suggestions of recording meetings raised in council chambers across the city.
“You can stream most things now; it’s not big technology, it’s not expensive technology,” Mr Templeman said.
“I don’t want to prescribe ‘you must do this’, but quite frankly I think it’s inevitable.
“Will that improve transparency? Yes.
“Will it improve, perhaps, the behaviour of some councillors during council meetings? Probably yes too.”
He said councillors could deflect a lot of criticism by embracing technology.
“If you get the mongrel ratepayer that comes in, and they become totally focused, they’re living every hour of the day, it’s what they wake up for in the morning… at least if you’ve shown due process, then I think in the end those people are found out if they’re just being vindictive or they have a vendetta, or their issue has been dealt with,” he said.
The next phase of the Local Government Act review is set to begin later this year.