Dubbo Regional Council election candidates call for council meetings to be live streamed

Candidates for the 2017 Dubbo Regional Council elections Dayne Gumley and Jacob Perry are calling for council to live stream the council meetings.
Candidates for the 2017 Dubbo Regional Council elections Dayne Gumley and Jacob Perry are calling for council to live stream the council meetings.

TWO candidates for the Local Government Elections are pushing for council to becoming ultra-transparent and highly visible by screening council meetings live on their website. 

While East ward candidate Dayne Gumley and Wellington candidate Jacob Perry are campaigning for the change for differing reasons, they are hoping for the same outcome. 

Dubbo Regional Council’s Code of Meeting Practice currently states that audio recordings of the proceeds of a meeting are subject to the person advising the meeting of their intent to record. Standard practice for video recordings are that they are requested to the mayor, administrator or general manager. 

Mr Gumley said he is keen to see a higher level of openness and transparency for the new council, while Mr Perry is insisting that all residents should be able to see their elected councillors and senior council staff during meetings, regardless of location. 

“Under the previous Wellington Council, Wellington locals were able to go along to meetings in their own town. The new regional council model means a lot of decisions will be made in Dubbo. Using internet streaming technology we will enable Wellington and outer village locals better access to their council,” Mr Perry said. 

The same would go for residents in Dubbo when council meets in Wellington. 

“Right or wrong we have this huge council that covers a large geographic area.

“It is therefore appropriate we use 21st century technology to bring transparency and access to as many people as possible.” 

Mr Gumley said using technology to make it easier for residents to see is an obvious way council could start the process of greater transparency. 

“Questions over legality of such a move have already been settled as there are councils in other areas of NSW that do the same.” 

“I understand that this is only a small gesture but it is an important first step … it may even lead to more community members taking an active role in council projects which can only be a good thing,” Mr Gumley said. 

Dubbo Regional Council said they would not be commenting on the campaigns of candidates for the upcoming local government elections.

In Mudgee the Mid Western Regional Council live stream video and audio of their council and special council meetings.