The Parkes Shire community will now have greater access to open sessions of council through audio recordings of the monthly meetings.

Council commenced audio recording at this week's council meeting after successfully testing the new recording equipment at its November meeting.

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said "the audio recordings will facilitate even greater transparency between council and the community, enhancing accessibility to council decision making, as well as encouraging residents to be better informed and more involved."

"It's often difficult for members of the community to attend our monthly meetings, so these recordings will enable residents to keep up-to-date with Council's decisions, projects and future plans for the region, from the comfort of their own home."

The audio recordings will complement the written minutes to provide a more complete public record of the proceedings of the council meetings.

Audio files will be uploaded to Council's website within 5 working days from the date of the meeting and will be available for a period of 3 months. Thereafter, the recordings can be made available upon written request to Council.

Audio recordings of closed sessions of Council will be made exclusively for the purpose of confirming minutes as an accurate record and are therefore not available to the public.