Council is set to webcast its council meetings in a move enabling locals to watch democracy in action. Webcasting council meetings is an exciting initiative allowing Snowy Monaro residents to engage with council in a new and engaging manner.
Webcast technology has been installed in the Cooma Council Chambers with meetings held in Cooma to be live streamed online. Locals will be able to tune in for the first meeting of the soon-to-be elected Council.
The use of this technology provides council with an effective means of communicating information and showcasing its decision making process to a wider geographical audience.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council General Manager, Joe Vescio, said the webcasting of Council meetings will open the democratic process up to a larger audience.
“This is a great initiative designed to increase the number of people who can engage with Council,” Mr Vescio said.
“People will not have to travel long distances at night to hear matters pertinent to them. They can watch the meeting unfold from their homes.”
Snowy Monaro Regional Council will become the latest south-east council to deliver audio visual streaming of its meetings. This will help ensure Council can keep its residents informed, while allowing for increased community consultation.
Residents who previously were unable to attend council meetings can now watch democracy in action from their homes, workplace or wherever there is an internet connection.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator, Dean Lynch, welcomed the webcast technology. He declared it a win for all Snowy Monaro residents.
“People can not only watch the meetings live but they also have access to past meetings,” Administrator Lynch said.
“The webcasting provides an insight into the decision making process of Council and allows for a more open, and transparent Council.”