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ON be­half of my­self, Tweed Shire Coun­cil staff and the com­mu­nity, I’d like to thank and con­grat­u­late the Tweed Daily News on 132 years of lo­cal re­port­ing.

While this may be the last printed edi­tion of the Tweed Daily News, this is not a farewell. It is a struc­tural change and an ex­cit­ing new be­gin­ning on­line.

We need re­gional jour­nal­ism to sur­vive and thrive.

Along with lo­cal coun­cils, re­gional news­pa­pers play a big role in the sense of com­mu­nity res­i­dents feel, their en­gage­ment with lo­cal is­sues and their feel­ing of “be­long­ing” to the Tweed.

All tiers of gov­ern­ment need to be put un­der the scru­tiny pro­vided by in­de­pen­dent jour­nal­ism and lo­cal gov­ern­ment is no ex­cep­tion. Re­gional jour­nal­ism plays an important role as a watch­dog of lo­cal gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions and de­ci­sions.

Good in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism asks the hard ques­tions, and puts bu­reau­crats and elected mem­bers un­der the spotlight. From time to time those ques­tions can be un­com­fort­able, but they play a crit­i­cal role in the West­min­ster sys­tem of Gov­ern­ment that we work and live un­der. A free press is an important part of our col­lec­tive free­dom.

As Tweed Shire Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager and in my pre­vi­ous role as a director, I wel­comed this scru­tiny and trans­parency.

I mightn’t al­ways have liked it at the time but I did my best to pri­ori­tise re­spond­ing to ques­tions from lo­cal re­porters, on be­half of the com­mu­nity.

While com­mu­nity groups on so­cial media plat­forms may seem to fill some of the gaps left by the demise of lo­cal news­pa­pers, they are rarely a sub­sti­tute for in­formed re­port­ing and con­sid­ered com­men­tary.

My hope is Newscorp will continue to in­vest in free, in­de­pen­dent jour­nal­ism, al­beit in the new on­line realm.

All the best to the Tweed Daily News for an ex­cit­ing dig­i­tal fu­ture in the Tweed. TROY GREEN PSM, Tweed Shire Coun­cil GM

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