Plug pulled on live broadcast council meeting motion

A motion to live broadcast Hunters Hill Council meetings was defeated by five votes to two at the council meeting on Monday night.

The motion by Liberal Clr Zac Miles sought to introduce live broadcasts by Christmas and would be paid for from the current budget for upgrades to the Hunters Hill Town Hall.

Councillor Miles said councillors of all political persuasions had gone to the recent local government election with a policy of openness and transparency and live broadcasts helped meet this community expectation.

In opposition to Clr Miles motion, Deputy Mayor Ross Williams sought a cost estimate of live broadcasts while Clr Jim Sanderson noted that live streaming does not fulfil councilÕs obligation to keep an accurate record of meetings.

Acting General Manager Steve Kourepis noted that live broadcasting via Facebook had a limitation of four hours and said councillors need to decide how many cameras will be needed and where they will be installed.

He will report back to a future meeting.