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Bourke’s first fully virtual Council meeting

A snap of the audio visual meeting of Bourke Shire Council on Monday. PHOTO TWH

The COVID lockdowns have had an impact on every sector of the community – and the impacts are not all bad.

Upskilling on technology has been a necessity as people are forced to work from home and hold meetings via digital platforms. Bourke Shire Councillors have had to learn new skills, with council this week being entirely ‘virtual’.

General Manager, Mark Riley, said there were a few technical hitches at the start, but once councillors had logged onto their GoToMeeting accounts, it was almost business as usual.

“We got through a couple of technical glitches and had a quorum at all times.

“We talk about challenging times, and it has so many different dimensions. If I have to go to one more teleconference it will be too soon.

“After the postponement of council elections until December 4, the Office of Local Government has advised that the mayor and deputy mayor may hold their positions until that date, so there is no requirement to have an election for those positions in September.

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