THERE are many things we get accused of here at the Port News and just about every gripe emanates from a deep-seated personal or professional interest of the person delivering it.
One of the finest lines we walk is being the voice of the people, and being a fair and accurate reflector of what is happening in Greater Port Macquarie. One day we’re getting council’s message out, the next highlighting the plight of a community group with an axe to grind.
We are happy to be both, depending on the context, but nothing disappointed us more last week than to see only 40 or so people attend the Hastings Horizons workshops where residents were asked to have a say in council’s direction for the next four years.
Only 11 attended the Camden Haven meeting, Wauchope’s councillors opted to do their own thing even though the workshop went ahead a few days later, and only 24 people in Port turned up for the face-to-face meetings.
We’ll stop short of calling it a wasted exercise – thankfully 200 have filled out the survey online. You still have time to do that.
Even though the workshop format has been criticised, we urge you to still make direct online contact with council so the message is getting through in your words about what you want from them.