Want to know what’s being decided at the Council Meetings and why, without going along to the meetings?
You’ll soon be able to see all this at your own convenience, either from the comfort of your own home or anywhere else you may be.
At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 15 May, Brimbank Council made a decision to live stream and podcast its meetings so that community members who cannot attend Council meetings can watch the meetings online at their own convenience.
The decision was made after considering a number of options available to livestream or podcast Council meetings to the public.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said livestreaming Council Meetings will help increase transparency of Council decision-making.
“Council is extremely pleased to endorse live streaming of its Council Meetings so that our community get video and audio access to the Council Meetings via the Internet.
“We plan to livestream Brimbank Council Meetings to Council’s Facebook or YouTube channel. The Council Meeting content would also be available from the Internet on demand, as a podcast that can be downloaded.
“This means that anyone who has an Internet enabled device can get access to Council decision-making and debate on issues that affect them, in their own time and at their own convenience.
“It will be as good as being in the Council Chamber, because you’ll see all the decisions that are made and also all the debate leading to the decisions – which will give you a good understanding of the reasons why Council is making the decisions it makes.
“This is another step towards making Council decision-making more transparent for our community and keeping our community engaged and informed.
“Of course there is a bit of work to be done first, but we’re hoping to be able to start off later in the year,” Cr Giudice said.
Before streaming of Council Meetings can start, a further report presenting a livestreaming policy, procedure and risk assessment and resourcing options for streaming Council meetings, including implications for Council’s Governance (Meeting Procedure) Local Law 1 will be presented to Council for consideration.
Funding for the service will be referred to the final draft Annual Budget 2018/2019 and subsequent budget processes.