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Council meetings to go live on the web

Monday, 23 January 2012 1:36 PM

Gold Coast City Council meetings will now be streamed live on the internet to provide greater community access to Council decisions.

Mayor Ron Clarke said the move would enable the public to have access to decisions and debates without having to leave their homes or offices.

“If the community wants to know what Council is considering and what the outcomes of decisions are, they now don’t have to get in their cars, come to the meetings and sit for hours in the public gallery,” said Cr Clarke.

“Most people these days are so busy that even if someone is interested in an issue, they often don’t have the time to attend Council meetings.

“With a Budget process that’s open to the public, I have always said this Council is one of the most transparent in the country and live-streaming is another step towards greater public engagement in the local government process.

“Often the community only hears about a decision through the media and don’t get the benefit of context by watching the actual discussion - incorporating the differing points of view of various councillors. Live-streaming offers real time access to decisions wherever you are and for those actively interested in city affairs, this will be a very useful tool.”

Live-streaming of meetings includes audio and video and requires the Flash Player program for PC or Mac, which can be downloaded free from the Internet. Live-streaming will commence next Monday (30/1) for the first Council meeting for 2012. The cost of providing live-streaming is $1800 per month.

To access live-streaming, visit goldcoastcity.com.au and click on the link on the homepage.

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