Frequently Asked Questions

Important notes:

  • Live streaming and recording of Council meetings is governed by the Webcasting of Council Meetings General Policy.
  • It is intended that the standard camera positions will only provide vision of the Councillors and executive council officers who are present at the meeting. As far as practically possible, it is not intended that there be either live or recorded footage of Council officers or the public, however incidental capture may occur, for example in the background behind a Councillor and the audio of an officer or member of the public addressing the meeting.
  • Appropriate signage will be placed at the entrance to the meeting location notifying all attendees that the meeting will be streamed and recorded for publication on Council’s website. At the start of each meeting, the Chair will state that the meeting will be live streamed, recorded and made publicly available on Council’s website.
  • Live streaming does not allow viewers to ask questions or engage with the meeting participants.
  • The quality of the webcast will depend on your device’s memory and internet connection bandwidth.
  • Please allow two business days after the meeting for the recording to be available.
  • Council will make every reasonable effort to ensure the live streaming and recording is available. However, there may be situations where the service is unavailable due to technical difficulties beyond Council’s control.
  • The Meeting Chair and Council’s Chief Executive Officer may direct that live streaming be interrupted or terminated in exceptional circumstances (eg, where statements are or are likely to be made that are considered inappropriate to be published or where disorder arises at a meeting. Following any meeting, the Chair and CEO may direct that all or part of any recording be excluded should it be considered inappropriate to be published.
  • The live streaming and recording is owned by Cairns Regional Council and copyright remains with Council. Access to live streams and recordings of Council meetings is provided on Council’s website for personal and non-commercial use. Video, images and audio contained in a live stream or recording must not be altered, reproduced or republished without the permission of Council.

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.

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 11+
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • iOS
  • Android 4(Mobile)

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 700kbs.

How much data will be used while streaming a video?

While live streaming a video from this website, it will use approximately 6mb per minute (700kbps).

Video Player for archive videos?

For archive videos, you need a browser compatable to play html5 video most update to date browsers can play html5 video.

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.

Welcome to Cairns Regional Council’s Meeting Webcast site

From October 2019, Council Ordinary meetings, Special Meetings and Standing Committee Meetings held in the Council Chambers are live streamed and recorded while the meeting is in progress. The live stream will cease during Closed Council Meetings, confidential items of business (closed sessions) and when the meeting ends. Meetings which are held off-site will not be streamed or recorded.

Live streaming allows you to watch and listen to meetings in real time without the need to physically attend, giving you greater access to Council decision-making and debate. You can also view video of previously-recorded meetings.