Council to stream meetings from February 2019
In a few short months, it will be very easy to keep up to date on what happens at a Council Meeting, with Brimbank Council deciding to go ahead with streaming Council Meetings from the first meeting in 2019.
The streamed Council Meetings will offer everyone who cannot attend a meeting in person an opportunity to watch Council debate and decision-making at their own convenience.
After considering a range of options at the 16 October 2018 Council Meeting, Council decided to progress with a pilot year of streaming Council Meetings online as video on-demand available after the meeting, right from the first Ordinary Council Meeting in 2019.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said that streaming Council meetings will boost transparency at Council Meetings and engage the community.
“Streaming Council meetings is another way this Council delivers on its commitment to governing in a transparent manner.
“All Council Meetings are open to everyone, but we understand that not everyone has the time to come along on the day.
“With streamed Council meetings, we’re making it easier for everyone to keep involved and up to date on Council meeting decisions.
“Best of all you’ll be able to access the Council video stream from wherever you are, at any time that suits you. All that’s needed is access to an Internet enabled device, to get the video.
“Watching a Council Meeting video will be an easy way to keep involved and up to date on key decision-making on matters that may affect you,”Cr Giudice said.
The decision to stream Council meetings as video on demand rather than livestream was made after doing a lot of homework on the different streaming options, and the many factors involved in bringing Council meetings to the public.
“After careful consideration Council decided that opting for streaming filmed Council meetings after the meeting, was the better option. Besides offering full access to the meeting proceedings, the post-meeting video option will let us offer more convenient access to individual sections of the meeting,” Cr Giudice said.
Council will manage the recording and streaming process in accordance with the Streaming Council Meeting Policy 2018 that was adopted at the meeting.
Meeting videos will be made available on Council’s YouTube channel and promoted via Council’s website and social media channels.