Where’s our news?
WHERE has the local news gone in the Town & Country? Are we so boring in Childers that you have to fill in the newspaper with news from Gin Gin and surrounding areas? There are over 75 community groups listed in T&C’s community directory. Are these groups not doing anything newsworthy? What are CWA ladies doing, what are the local kindergarten and school groups doing, etc, etc? If you have stories about local groups and what they are achieving in our community this might help to promote these groups and their cause and may encourage local people to get behind these groups. Do you not go looking for what is happening in Childers or just rely on people knocking on your door to tell what they have done? Some ideas to get “local” back into the newspaper: A “locals” section where Childers people can have their voice about what they like and don’t like in Childers and where they can talk about gardening, craft, etc and can tell the community what they are doing without it being a full size news article. Free advertising for locals who want to swap or trade goods. Listing of people who want to give their time/services free to the community. Weekly update from the council on what is happening and what is planned for our local area. If your newspaper connects more with the locals then the benefit would be better sales of your paper and better reception from local business to advertise with you. A local newspaper should be a community building tool not just a profit-making exercise. NATALIE BONNELL Childers