Listeners were few but council rates broadcast a success

IT may not have rivalled The Block or My Kitchen Rules for audience figures, but Clarence Valley Council has rated its first live audio broadcast of a council meeting a success.

Council used the Mixlr technology to broadcast a meeting for the first time on Tuesday afternoon and Mayor Richie Williamson said everything appeared to go seamlessly.

"I'm not sure if any other councils in New South Wales have tried this technology but we thought it was a good way to make meetings more open and accountable," he said.

"Council meetings have always been open to the public but the live audio stream provides another way to open meetings to the community.

"It means those people who can't get to meetings because of distance, cost, access, family or other commitments can now listen to what is happening without having to leave their homes.

"They can even tune in through mobile devices such as smartphones."

Cr Williamson said the first trial broadcast got a maximum audience of nine listeners.

"That's not dizzying audience figures," he said. "And I suspect a few of those were from council's information technology services.

"But the audience figures really aren't that important.

"What is important is open and transparent democracy and I believe this helps achieve that goal."



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