Alarm over ad’s absence
While reading last week’s edition, I noticed the absence of the Shire’s “Council for the Community” notices.
After inquiries, it seems the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has discontinued its advertising with the Times.
This situation is inexplicable if indeed actually true. The other weekly paper with which the advertising continues has no local office, ever-decreasing local content and minimal news about local government and politics.
As a many-years veteran of council meetings, I cannot recall the last time I saw someone from the Fairfax paper.
On the other hand, the Times has a reporter at every single ordinary and special meeting.
It produces detailed, unbiased coverage of the multitude of social, environmental and economic issues, especially with respect to local government.
How could the Shire decide to withdraw its advertising with its readership of 9000 people and its virtually exclusive coverage of Shire issues? This goes completely against councillors’ well-expressed intentions and actions towards transparency and community consultation.
There are millions of dollars for main-street projects and the cultural centre, but ratepayers can’t afford (or are not given) public access to the information we deserve. This is inexplicable.