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Council meeting live streams to commence in March

The Ordinary Meeting of Knox City Council on Monday 30 March will be the first to be live streamed online, contributing to improved transparency, accessibility and awareness of Council decision-making processes.

All Council meetings and Strategic Planning meetings after that date will be live streamed, unless they are closed to the public, with recordings generally made available on Council’s website for at least two years.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Nicole Seymour welcomed the commencement of live streaming as an opportunity to facilitate greater engagement with the community.

“Live streaming will allow even more of our community to access and experience Council meetings, providing greater transparency and insight so our community can have confidence in Council’s decision making,” said Cr Seymour.

“I am excited for this opportunity to promote a better understanding of the functions and activities of Council and to allow all residents to participate.”

Meeting live streams and recordings will be accessible through Council’s website. The implementation of live streaming brings Knox in line with best practice for transparency, as recommended by the Victorian Ombudsman.

Live streaming was originally approved by Council in September 2019, with the 2020 Australia Day Local Awards used as a pilot event to test the technology. A new Live Streaming of Public Meetings Policy was adopted by Council last week, which outlines key requirements with regards to privacy, attendee and participant behaviour, publication of recordings and more.

Issued: Tuesday 3 March 2020
Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021

Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 Reference:

Goal 8. We have confidence in decision making

Strategy 8.1 - Build, strengthen and promote good governance practices across government and community organisations.

Strategy 8.2 - Enable the community to participate in a wide range of engagement activities.

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