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Live stream out, teleconference in for Mundaring

By Claire Ottaviano

THE Shire of Mundaring are behind the eight ball when compared with the Cities of Swan and Kalamunda’s efforts to live stream council meetings.

Despite the notion being on the cards for more than a year, live streaming will not be bumped up for the next monthly council meeting on April 14, as more people are confined to their homes because of COVID-19.

The Shire is instead considering using video conferencing after the State Government announced new regulations this week to allow council meetings to continue electronically during public health emergencies.

“Our immediate focus is to run Council meetings in a way that is safe for councillors and to consider how members of the public can present their questions to Council,” chief executive Johnathan Throssel said.

“Local Governments are now allowed to hold meetings via teleconference, video conference or other electronic means and the Shire is considering options to use a video conference.

“Our plan is to have live steaming in place by mid-2020 but this may be fast-tracked as we adapt to the changes COVID-19 has presented.”

The request to live steam council meetings was put forward at the December 2018 annual electors’ meeting and a business case for its development was approved by council the following February.

However, live streaming is not listed for consideration until the 2020/21 three year corporate business plan review process.

At a meeting in December 2019, Mr Throssell also told a member of the public live streaming could be “implemented reasonably quickly” and happen “early in the new calendar year [2020].”

The City of Swan introduced live streaming of council meetings in December 2018 and on Tuesday, the City of Kalamunda came to the party, passing a motion to implement live streaming of council meetings as soon as April, if possible.

The new regulations also require Local Governments to provide a way for members of the public to submit any questions prior to the meeting, if a meeting is held electronically.

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One comment

  1. It is better to delay for a short while to get it done properly than face the ongoing issues with Swan’s live streaming service.

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