Councils change local meeting practises

Shire of York president Denese Smythe.

Shire of York president Denese Smythe.

Council meetings throughout the Avon Valley are set to look a bit different in the coming months, following ever-changing guidelines on public gatherings.

The Shire of Toodyay has opted to use technology, investing in live streaming equipment.

Councillors and residents tuned in to Tuesday night's meeting in their own homes and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

In York, shire president Denese Smythe said the local government was following the direction of the Department of Health to "provide an environment that is safe and healthy and will allow us to continue to provide essential community services."

A special council meeting was called for Tuesday night to consider business continuity measures and reducing non-essential services.

In a statement Ms Smythe said the social and emotional welfare of the community was a priority with library services offering home delivery. Weekly StoryTime activities were being live-streamed.