Opening Up Council Democracy
The Greens have pledged to introduce video streaming of Council meetings and implement an open ‘question time’, as part of an effort to make Council more accessible and responsive to community concerns.
Several Councils in NSW including Warringah already stream their council meetings on the internet.
Greens Councillor Phillips moved in 2009 to follow Warringah’s lead, but it was opposed by Labor and conservative Independent Councillors.
He hopes to introduce the policy again in the next term.
“Streaming Council meetings on the internet means that people with children or busy lives can still watch Council debate and vote on items that interest them,” said Cr Phillips.
“I’d imagine people washing the dishes, or doing the ironing, or watching TV, until their agenda item comes on,”
“A question time would allow residents to attend a council meeting and asks a question of their choice, pertaining to any council matter, during a specific part of a Council meeting.”
“Currently the only matters discussed at council meetings have to be items on the agenda.”
“This question time would allow residents to attend meetings and bring ad hoc issues to the attention of the councillors.”
“This opportunity already exists on a number of councils and provides residents with an excellent forum to bring their ideas and issues directly to all councillors.”
“The Greens have made council more accessible to the community and we will continue to look for new ways to do this,” he said.