I’M LED to believe that some of the local bed and breakfast accommodation owners have decided not to provide a copy of The Toodyay Herald newspaper for out-of-town guests to read.
They do this believing that some visitors are here to look around, with perhaps the intention of eventually buying into the lifestyle, and hosts are concerned that what their guests see printed in The Herald about the council may put them off.
Given that it’s the local newspaper’s job to report the facts and not pick and choose what may or may not paint a positive profile, I would strongly suggest it’s not The Herald’s job to promote Toodyay and constantly show the town in a good light when things are not up to scratch.
It’s the people and council’s job to show the town in a good honest light.READ MORE
Like any newspaper, it’s The Herald’s job to report the facts and, in my opinion, our local newspaper does just that.
It is however the council’s job to listen to the people, to be accountable in all things and to think and plan beyond the obvious.
And, by doing exactly that, I would strongly suggest the town’s profile would be painted in glowing rainbow colours … in every issue.
The Herald, as I see it, is not out to get the Shire CEO or the council.
Our local newspaper, along with others, is simply asking for accountability and an overall collegiate approach to aiding Toodyay’s forward growth into a community that does not only benefit the many long-term families in the area but also the greater majority of those who have chosen to put the city behind them and become local ratepayers.
If people are concerned by what they interpret as an ongoing attack on the CEO and council, I would further suggest that it’s in the CEO’s power to quickly and easily turn it all around into a win-win for everyone.
This could be done by embracing the collective intelligence of the town, the skills, the pool of experience and the great desire to be here.
It could be done simply by asking for help, for ideas, by eliminating the need for confidentiality and by trusting the people.