Council Transparency

As many of you know, I have been campaigning for the live streaming of Sydney Council meetings since I was elected. I am pleased that the Government has decided to include mandatory live streaming of all Council and Committee meetings in the 'Consultation Draft of the new Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW'.

However under sections 5.18, 5.19 and 5.20, the recording and making available past recordings of meetings is not implicit. 

Last week I wrote to Minister Gabrielle Upton MP to request that an amendment be made to these clauses so that not only do Councils have to live stream meetings, but they must also store and make available past meetings online. It was not my intention through my campaign to make this practice optional.

I'm certain that councils like the City of Sydney would read the provision literally and not provide past meetings for viewing at a later date. After all, Clover Moore has been opposed to transparency up until now - why would she want to let people see how she runs the Council meetings?

I will keep you posted.