Meander Valley Council against recording its meetings

The Meander Valley Council meetings will not be recorded after a motion was defeated at its June meeting. 

Councillor Andrew Connor moved the motion in a bid to make council meetings more accessible. 

The council have previously recorded their meetings. 

Cr Connor said recording the meetings would continue the council’s transparency.

“This is something that modern councils simply need to do to be accessible to their communities,” he said.  

Councillor John Temple was concerned recording the meetings would change the council’s dynamic. Councillor Rodney Synfield said the council had bigger issues to fix first. 

Mayor Craig Perkins consulted with a number of other council and said they had “mixed reviews” from those who do record their meetings. 

However, Cr Connor argued recording the meetings would give councillors protection against being misquoted. 

“It would show we’re leaders in the field,” he said.  

Councillors Bob Richardson, Ian Mackenzie, Deb White and Connor voted for the motion.