Why no shire centre pages?

IT IS disappointing that the Shire of Toodyay seems to have stopped providing readers of The Toodyay Herald with information about its activities.
 
Where have the regular Shire of Toodyay centre pages gone?
 
Many local government authorities convey general information about their activities to ratepayers through local newspapers.
 
It is surprising that this doesn’t seem to be the case any more in the Shire of Toodyay.
Why?
 
Is the shire concerned about the Herald’s coverage of shire business and council meetings?
If so, this seems very short-sighted.
 
Openness, transparency and accountability are essential to good governance.
 
As a part-time Toodyay resident for the past 10 years, I look forward to every issue of The Toodyay Herald – particularly under the present editorship.
 
Not only does it inform us about local activities but most importantly it shines a fearless light on local issues.
 
The hallmarks of good journalism are truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, and accountability.
 
From my observations, these are the high standards that The Toodyay Herald aims for.
 
The facts about each issue are hunted out, verified, and weighed up to reach a balanced evidence-based conclusion which is presented to the reader.
 
This is a difficult task in a local community particularly where local politics are concerned.
 
As I’m sure many councillors would attest, those whom we elect to local government work hard and face many challenging issues.
 
It is understandable that some resent criticism, even if well-founded.
 
Nevertheless, the people of Toodyay need an independent voice like The Toodyay Herald to help us understand the major issues affecting the community.
Jenny Gregory
Dumbarton


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