From next Council meeting, we will be opening the virtual doors to Council Chambers for interested residents and rate payers, with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder live streaming council meetings in the future to increase access and transparency of the local government process.
There is often feedback and comment in community forums about what has (or hasn’t) happened in Council meetings, and by live streaming the meetings, members of the community will be able to tune in and watch, in real time, from the comfort of their couch, how your Council considers, debates and votes on the issues brought before it. Whilst it may seem a little intimidating, we hope this won’t deter people from attending meetings in person or coming along and asking questions.
One of the underpinning tenets of the City’s Draft Strategic Community Plan is that we continue to believe in the principals of representational democracy and are enabled to make decisions about our lives, and the investigating and implementing ways to empower the community to get involved is high on our agenda.
Whilst the meetings will be live streamed, they won’t be archived on the City’s website, so people interested in watching the machinations of local government will have to do so in real time. I’m excited that people will be able to choose to watch Council meetings online if they are unable to attend. The City is committed to engaging with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community, and we recognise that providing more accessible opportunities for the community to attend or observe council meetings will result in more informed and engaged residents, who have a clear understanding of Council’s decision making process, and it may even generate more interest and a greater knowledge of what we are doing as a Council.
Live Streaming of each meeting will commence at the advertised start times for Ordinary Council Meetings, and will finish when I, as the Mayor, or the presiding member, closes or adjourns the meeting for any reason. Council can pass a motion at any time by simple majority to stop streaming the meeting, and any meeting that is closed for consideration of matters under Section 5.23 of the Local Government Act or by resolution of Council will not be streamed.
The City has a policy that guides the way we operate, and live streaming Council meetings and publishing the recorded minutes of meetings to the City’s website provides a flexible and convenient way for the wider community to access Council’s decision making process. The full policy can be found on the City’s website at www.ckb.wa.gov.au/livestream