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Murray Shire to consider recording meetings

Murray Shire councillors will consider recording its meetings, which is not currently done.

JESS CRAIG March 17, 2014 4:13am

Murray Shire could soon record its council meetings.

Taping council meetings is not currently allowed as part of the shire’s code of meeting practice.

Any change would require a resolution of the council to publicly exhibit the suggested change, advertise and receive submissions before making changes.

The idea of taping council meetings was raised at a February meeting.

In a report to be presented at Tuesday’s council meeting, corporate services director Phil Higgins has outlined the advantages and disadvantages associated with recording meetings.

Among the advantages were suggestions there would an accurate record of comments made, a transcript of any deputations made and that the recording could be relied upon for the defence of any allegations about liable statements.

Disadvantages included an opportunity to focus on comments made, rather than actual outcomes or resolutions, recordings being used for claims against council for allegations made about liable statements and the need to address acoustics in council buildings.

Mr Higgins has presented a number of options to council and has recommended that councillors vote to adhere to the existing code of meeting practice and not allow the taping of meetings.

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