Council is ready to log online

October 13, 2016
North Shore Times
Declan Byrne

Willoughby Council is one step closer to having its meetings webcast.

On Monday, councillors unanimously supported Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney’s mayoral minute, which will see a report on public release of audio and webcasting released in November. Currently, members of the public can either attend meetings or pay to access recordings under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Cr Nic Wright said he supported the request for the report.

“We would like to have these in place … it’s bureaucratic red tape they (residents) shouldn’t experience,” he said.

However, Cr Hugh Eriksson, who said he supported the community’s call for transparency had doubts.

He said with amalgamation hanging over the City’s head, it was likely that even if they were to implement webcasting or public release of audio – the new council would have to go through it all again. Cr Eriksson also made reference to privacy issues North Sydney had endured.

 

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