A municipal official in Altona would like to have town council livestream all its council meetings.
Jordan Siemens floated the idea to his fellow councillors earlier this month.
Livestreaming is a platform that allows people to broadcast live video content using a camera and a computer through the Internet.
"I think council should be as transparent as possible," said Siemens. "We represent the citizens and ratepayers in the community and we want to be as open as we can about issues that are going to affect them. The technology is available today and it's not difficult to do livestreaming."
Siemens admits that a person watching a livestream from his home is unable to engage with town council on issues of concern during the meeting, but at least it provides another option for residents to keep themselves informed.
Siemens got the idea from the municipal election forum that was hosted by the Altona and District Chamber of Commerce back in October.
"The Chamber livestreamed that event and there were over a thousand people who watched, so that tells me that there is interest in municipal politics and on local government issues that affect people the most. I think making it easy for people might result in some public engagement."
Town administration will look into the feasibility of the idea and come up with some recommendations.