De­liv­ery dra­mas prompt coun­cil changes

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THERE has been much de­bate about the new coun­cil news­let­ter, the South­ern Downs Mail.

The South­ern Downs Mail, an A4, glossy brochure, is sup­posed to in­form all res­i­dents about the latest coun­cil projects.

How­ever many Gran­ite Belt res­i­dents did not re­ceive the July/Au­gust and Septem­ber edi­tions.

At that time, the news­let­ter was dis­trib­uted by a con­trac­tor.

The South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil then de­cided to de­liver its news­let­ter by Aus­tralia Post.

There has been an­other change: A spokesper­son for the South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil ad­vised the South­ern Downs Mail was now monthly in­stead of ev­ery two months.

“Re­cently, the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land re­leased the results of their 2017 Com­mu­nity Sat­is­fac­tion Track­ing Study,” the spokesper­son said.

“The data showed that coun­cil pub­li­ca­tions in­creased as a trusted source of in­for­ma­tion by over 20% since 2015.

“To that end, coun­cil is com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing such trusted com­mu­ni­ca­tions that reach the widest range of res­i­dents pos­si­ble.

“A monthly pub­li­ca­tion means that the in­for­ma­tion therein is more cur­rent and rel­e­vant to res­i­dents.”

Even though the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land claims the 2017 Com­mu­nity Sat­is­fac­tion Track­ing Study was a trusted sur­vey, only 700 peo­ple were ques­tioned across all of Queens­land, which makes it a ques­tion­able source on which to rely.

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