Council Meeting

Welcome to Hilltops Council's Live webcast website of Council Meetings

All public meetings of Hilltops Council are streamed live, recorded and published in accordance with Council's Live Streaming in Council Meetings Policy, which is available on the Hilltops Council website: www.hilltops.nsw.gov.au While meetings are open to the public, Council recognises that not everyone can attend in person. Live streaming gives all community members the opportunity to watch and listen to meetings, either in real time or at their convenience, giving greater access to Council decision making and debate.

By attending a public meeting of the Council attendees are consenting to their image, voice and comments being recorded. Should attendees wish to attend and/or speak without being recorded they must make this request to Council staff prior to the meeting commencing. This request can be made either by emailing mail@hilltops.nsw.gov.au two hours prior to the meeting or in person no later than 15 minutes prior to the meeting.

The Chair and/or the General Manager have the discretion and authority at any time to direct the termination or interruption of live streaming. Such direction will only be given in exceptional circumstances where deemed relevant. Circumstances may include instances where the content of debate is considered misleading, defamatory or potentially inappropriate to be published

Whilst Council will make every effort to ensure that live streaming is available, it takes no responsibility for, and cannot be held liable for technical issues beyond its control. Technical issues may include, but are not limited to the availability of the internet connection, device failure or malfunction, unavailability of social media platforms or power outages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Note: These materials have been prepared for information purposes only and are simply a general guide. No guarantee can be given on the accuracy of this information.

If you have any further questions please contact Council.

What is live streaming?

Live streaming is the transmission over the Internet of video of an event as it happens. Streaming is a form of online video in which the site sends video footage to a user's machine "on the fly" rather than as a complete file. It is like the difference between watching a TV show as it airs and watching a DVD.

What do I need to view the videos?

You need a device running a supported operating system, a supported web browser, and speakers. Please see responses below for more details.

What platforms and browsers are supported?

The following browsers are supported:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • iOS
  • Android 2.2(Mobile)

The following platforms are supported:

  • Microsoft® Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista® (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Linux®: openSUSE® 11.3 or greater (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.6 or greater (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 or greater (32-bit and 64-bit)

What are the minimum System Requirements for Windows and Mac OS?

Windows minimum System Requirements:

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz processor
  • 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks)
  • 128MB of graphics memory

Mac OS minimum System Requirements:

  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6 or v10.7
  • 256MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory

What connection speed is required to watch the videos?

To be sure the video will play smoothly, you will need a minimum connection speed of 450kbs for Standard Definition.

How much data will be used while streaming a video?

While streaming a video from this website, it will use approximately 3.3mb per minute (450kbps).

What version of Adobe Flash Player is required?

Council Meetings are broadcast live in Flash Video format. Flash Player 9.0.28.0 or higher is recommended for desktop computers and Flash Player 10.1 or higher is recommended for Android devices.

You can download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player from the Adobe website.

How soon after a Council Meeting will the video be available to watch?

In most cases, once a Council Meeting has concluded, the video will be available to watch online within two business days. These are available in the archive.

Can I download the video of a meeting to keep?

Archived videos can be viewed using Adobe Flash Player and are also available to download in MPEG-4 format, which you can playback on your device with a suitable media player. Most media players are able to play MPEG-4 files.