Seniors get the scoop on community’s issues
WELL once again our Senior Scoop reporters have done a fantastic job sourcing the news as part of a special collaboration between the Gazette and Cairns Regional Council to celebrate Seniors Week.
Last year’s inaugural Senior Scoop special edition was such a huge success it was an easy decision when council again approached us to help put together another issue for 2010.
Judging by the diversity of the stories our Senior Scoop reporters have put together for this special edition, there is a rich vein of enthusiasm and intelligence among our senior citizens in the Douglas region.
The ideas and perspectives they brought to the table when I conducted a workshop with them earlier this month to nut out our Senior Scoop edition was enlightening.
All I had to do was stand up the front with a texta to write down their ideas as they debated and refined the issues that mattered to them.
Over the following weeks our Senior Scoop reporters have immersed themselves in the job, approaching people from all sectors of the community to get involved.
The result is this lively special edition, which is a tribute to the sharp minds and love for life our Senior Scoop reporters share.
T hey might have a few grey hairs between them, but they’re as keen as any reporters I’ve seen in my 14 years on the job to give a voice to the people in the community who matter to them.
So on behalf of the Gazette and the Cairns Regional Council, I’m proud to say congratulations to our Senior Scoop reporters on a job very well done.
The council also deserves a pat on the back for supporting and helping facilitate such a positive initiative.
To the rest of the community, I hope you enjoy our special Senior Scoop edition as much as we have putting it together.