Council meetings to stream live from next week

NEW ERA: Dubbo Regional councillor Dayne Gumley and mayor Ben Shields with the live stream facilities in the Dubbo council chamber, which will be first used on Monday. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
NEW ERA: Dubbo Regional councillor Dayne Gumley and mayor Ben Shields with the live stream facilities in the Dubbo council chamber, which will be first used on Monday. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Dubbo residents and the wider community will be able to watch Dubbo Regional Council meetings from home when they start back again next week.

The first live stream will be the council committee meetings which start at 5.30pm on Monday. Meetings in both Dubbo and Wellington will be live, however only one camera will be used in Wellington.

Councillor Dayne Gumley said he had two objectives by moving the live streaming policy at council.

“Firstly transparency for residents. It is important for residents to be able to see their elected representatives making decisions and the reasons for doing so,” he said.

“And secondly with a greatly enlarged council area, live streaming makes it easier for people who live long distances away from the council chamber to be able to see the meetings as if they were physically present.”

Mayor Ben Shields said the live stream would also ensure the people who attended the meetings were consenting to the possibility their image would be webcast to the public.

To watch the council committee meetings live on Monday night, go to dubbo.nsw.gov.au and follow the links on the homepage.