All Shire of Mundaring Council meetings will be livestreamed from this month after new cameras were installed in the Council chambers.
Shire President John Daw welcomed the innovation saying it would ensure Council meetings became more accessible.
"We are pleased to offer multiple ways for community members to join, or view, meeting proceedings and enjoy greater access to Council decisions and debates," he said.
"Ratepayers can now attend meetings in person, watch them live from a location of their choice or revisit the meeting at their own convenience."
Cr Daw said similar technology was trialled during the COVID-19 lockdown period earlier this year. Three Council meetings were conducted via Webex videoconferencing, including the June 2020 meeting which was livestreamed in a Shire-first.
"The pandemic compelled Council to find new ways to hold meetings while adhering to social distancing recommendations and taught us some great lessons," he said.
Director Corporate Service Garry Bird added that livestreaming had been discussed for some time and requested at recent Annual Electors Meetings.
"Livestreaming is an exciting initiative for the Shire," he said.
"It increases transparency and allows community members to become involved with, and learn more, about the decision making process without having to attend meetings on a Tuesday evening."
Members of the public will still be required to attend meetings in person to present deputations and participate in public question time although questions can be submitted in advance.
The September Council meeting will begin at 6.30pm on Tuesday 8 September. Visit the Meetings, Agendas and Minutes page of this website to access the livestream link and recordings.
Recorded meetings will be available on the Shire website for approximately 12 months.
There is currently limited capacity for members of the public to attend Council meetings due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Physical distancing restrictions apply. Restricted viewing is available from the Civic Area next to the Council Chamber. A maximum of 48 members of the public will be allowed into the Civic Area at any given time. Public Question Time and Deputations can be made to Council from the Civic Area.