SOUTHERN Grampians Shire Council has taken the first step towards making audio recordings of meetings and distributing them to the public.
After two failed votes on similar motions in previous years, Cr Katrina Rainsford was able to move a motion that council meetings be recorded and provided to the public on request.
Cr Rainsford said “it’s about moving forward to modern systems.”
“(As a councillor) you do get the opportunity to have a voice and it’s important that it’s recorded accurately,” she said.
“What I hear from other councils doing audio recordings is that it is a progressive way of doing business, encourages adherence to procedures and codes of conduct and improves council performance.”
Cr Paul Battista noted that it was the third time this type of motion had been heard by the council and he still did not believe that audio recordings were necessary.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.