Inner West Council Meeting Live Streams Next Week

Live streaming of Inner Council meetings via YouTube will start next week in a move to make it easier for many more in the community to follow meetings and hear about issues that interest them.

Everyone keen to view the debut of the stream during next Tuesday’s December Ordinary Meeting to be broadcast from Council’s Ashfield Chambers should log on to at the meeting start time of 6.30pm (Tuesday 6 December) 

Administrator Richard Pearson said all speakers addressing Council will be advised that the meeting will be broadcast before the start of each meeting.

“It is important to note the cameras positioned for the purpose of live streaming will capture video images of the decision making body of the Council and will not be focused on the public,” he said.

“I’ll also be reminding the public at the start of each meeting that when speaking to the Council, all speakers are to be respectful to other people in the Chamber and use appropriate language.”

Administrator Richard Pearson said Inner West Council was proud to join with a number of Councils in NSW and other states to introduce live streaming of meetings to allow greater access to Council decision making and encourage openness and transparency.

“For the many in our community that can’t attend meetings due to issues of time or accessibility, live streaming is a practical step that will allow anyone anywhere to watch and listen to the meeting in real time,” he said.

Mr Pearson said the streaming service would be delivered through a YouTube channel.

“Providing streaming via YouTube is an innovative solution which minimises costs to Council, has wide application and is very familiar to most users of the internet,” he said.

Mr Pearson said all speakers addressing Council will be advised that the meeting will be broadcast before the start of each meeting.

“It is important to note the Council meetings are already recorded and there are numerous other NSW and Australian councils that have been successfully live streaming Council meetings without any concerns,” he said.

“Increasing and expanding public access through streaming also helps us to meet open government obligations of transparency and accountability.”

Streaming is the process of delivering multimedia content via the internet, in audio and/or video format.

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