Council meetings to be live streamed

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Local Council meetings in Penrith are set to be live streamed as part of a new plan by the State Government.

Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton confirmed that Council meetings across the state would be webcast within 12 months.

“If it’s good enough for federal and state MPs to go live to the nation, then there is no reason why local councillors should be exempt,” she said.

“The reality is that residents and ratepayers who want to know what is going on at their council can get online and be informed.

“In 12 months it will be mandatory for all councils in NSW to webcast their meetings to ensure everybody can benefit from this initiative.”

A number of councils are already webcasting meetings and the issue has been discussed at Penrith in the past.

“Some councils are already doing this and I encourage the others to show they are proud of their meetings and want as many of their residents to be able to follow their decision making processes,” Ms Upton said.

Penrith Council has been contacted for comment.

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