NEW CHAPTER FOR DAILY
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