Bid to broadcast council meetings on internet fails

BLACKTOWN councillor Edmond Atalla's motion to introduce webcasting to broadcast council meetings over the internet was voted down by the Liberals and independent Russ Dickens at a recent meeting.

Cr Atalla presented the motion after receiving feedback from residents in the public gallery.

"They wished more people could attend council meetings and see how this council performs," he said.

"I moved this motion in order to engage local residents who cannot attend council meetings with an opportunity to play part in the local democratic process.

"Over the past 14 months I have seen many decisions made in council without any debate or public or consultation.

"It is important that the public get to see how these decisions are made and how this administration is ignoring public opinion."

Wollongong, Newcastle, Lane Cove and Shellharbour councils broadcast their meeting over the internet, as do federal and state parliaments.

"Why should Blacktown, which is the largest local government council in NSW operate under a code of silence?" Cr Atalla said.

"I believe that our constituents who have elected us to represent them should have a right to see how their councillors are performing in an open and transparent manner."

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