Thursday, 24 April 2014
Clarence Valley Council has made a positive move going some way towards addressing transparency, access and equity issues by committing itself to a 12 month trial, live streaming its committee and ordinary monthly meetings via http://mixlr.com/clarence-valley-council.
Council is intending to use the free basic version of the Mixlr live audio platform. There is an iPhone app available for Apple and Android devices.
Live streaming will commence in May 2014.
In 2011 57.8% of Clarence Valley households had a broadband Internet connection according to profile.id.com.
Council will be able to see the number of online “guest” listeners at each live streamed meeting, so residents and ratepayers need to patronise this service regularly to ensure it continues.
For the estimated 44.2% of households without broadband connection, the issues remain of access to alternate monthly council meetings held approximately 46 kms apart and the distances some residents have to travel in a 10,441 km2 local government to attend these meetings.