It is a complete contrast to Camden Council, which has consistently refused to allow residents to record council meetings or even listen to the council’s recordings of these meetings. It’s the reason why anyone who comes to a council meeting will see me typing madly as I take notes and make every effort to report things accurately without the benefit of audio or transcript.
There is no regulation in the NSW Local Government Act (1993) that says councils cannot allow their “public” meetings to be streamed, broadcast or recorded.
There are no concerns under the Privacy and Personal Information Act (1998) either as the PrivacyNSW Manual (pdf) explicitly states.
The decision to not allow streaming or recording is entirely in the hands of the council and is enshrined in the regulations the councillors themselves passed early this year as part of the Code of Meeting Practice (pdf).