Part of the problem is Council’s institutionalised method of operation, whereby the only way to find out what is really happening on a matter affecting you, is to spend endless hours in chamber waiting for that item to come up on the agenda. Council needs to move into the current century and become accessible by streaming its meetings online.
Few people have the time and patience to sit through a Council meeting in person and to witness how Councillors can make a difference or yawn in indifference. That's why I pushed for the City of Sydney to livestream its Committees and Council meetings online. This will allow the public to watch those parts of the proceedings most relevant to them. Livestreaming Council meetings will lead to better democracy by providing an opportunity for the public to see their representing officials in real action rather than only during an election campaign.
I often say Sydney is for everyone in the local government area, everyone in the metropolitan area, all people of NSW, all Australians and a showcase for the World. I'm proud to have the opportunity to represent Sydney's constituents, and I want to make what Council does more transparent by showing residents, businesses, tourists and the whole world what Councillors are doing (or not doing) on your behalf to make Sydney even better.
In that spirit, I have developed my own website, mandla.com.au where you can find information about what City of Sydney issues I'm working on now. It even looks great on your mobile.