Chronicle commentary

January 23rd, 2010

Interesting focus on development issues dominating the paper these days. The education city focus highlighted today for Hervey Bay is an old and existing strategy that has been around since the days when USQ decided to build an actual campus on the Fraser Coast. It is a very worthwhile and well supported strategy but I do believe that many younger people will always want to leave the city where they have gron up, to test the waters elsewhere. Yes we need to provide opportunities for our youth to stay here but we must also try and attract youth from elsewhere to come here to learn. Then we need a good range of employment opportunities including professions to retain a younger workforce. Hence the need for sensible well planned development that isn’t development at any cost everywhere! Let’s not destroy what most of us have come here to enjoy! I am so looking forward to our 2031 Land Use strategy public consultation which will give everyone the chance to have your say on what you want and where you want it.

The Chronicle has also run a series of Councillor interviews and Mayor Mick has had a bit to say. I’m never ever going to crow about ‘my achievements’ as I am but one cog in a big organisation and turning an idea or request into a reality takes more than just my say so. Also different Portfolios are less or greatly public so measuring or assessing any Councillor by how many times we appear within the media is unfair to say the least. I enjoyed reading about us all but must admit it is quite confrontational and sobering to read some of the comments about Councillors being posted onto the Chronicle Blog.  It is a dilemma I face with this blog when people anonymously decide to personally target an individual…. So please feel free to let me know if you ever wish this blog to be more strictly censored or not? So far I rarely intervene and comments are posted as they arrive but I do ask that comments are focussed on issues not personalities when ever possible. Constructive criticism is the way to go not personal attacks I believe.

Anyhow I’m not sure how you find the Chronicle blog Councillor topic but here is a link.. Seems I am not doing my job well according to several readers. I wish however there was a better understanding of what we actually do. Perceptions are incorrect in several cases I believe.

http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2010/01/19/does-your-score-card-match-theirs/

I spent a few days this week in Brissy visiting family and appreciated the numerous parks and gardens dotted everywhere. Brisbane suburbs are leafy and green and I hope they remain that way. My daughter rarely visits the CBD and it was nice to spend time in ‘suburbia’ including walking the household dog up a large naturally vegetated hill just up the road. A great haven in a busy city.

4 Responses to “Chronicle commentary”

  1. Ben Collingwoodon 23 Jan 2010 at 6:57 am

    I looked for the comment page in the thought I’d do some ‘marking’ myself but could not find it.

    I’ve enjoyed the Chronicle more since Peter came to town – its former editor was part of the problem holding back our region including her much talked about referral to the incumbents as ‘a safe pair of hands’.

    At least now issues are being raised in a public forum not just on blog sites or at the pub. Even though some days they rush stories through, councillors and the CEO have the right of reply.

    Peter might not always get it right and sometimes he will stir up issues that really should be left alone but at least it is raising awareness in the community of issues others feel strongly about.

    What I am disgusted with is that the Chronicle is allowing everyone to comment on the councilors under pen names. I feel this completely discredits the validity of every comment posted. If contributors and the Chron were serious, they’d use full names as they require on letters to the editor generally.

    Just my thoughts.

  2. Sadmanon 23 Jan 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Ben,
    I agree with you in total, many letters now finnish with “name & address supplied”.
    These are in my view no better than SMS’s and could even be written by Chronicle staff?
    There also appears to be some bias regarding Letters to the Ed as some far exceed the
    250 word limit !!
    But Peter obviously has his own agenda, I wonder what it is?

    Sadman

  3. Sadmanon 24 Jan 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Sue,

    I read the Chronicle’s score card, thought about it and then read it again.
    Try reading it without looking at where the people live, then look at where
    they come from after.

    Then try and balance what the different people have said, we have state
    issues mixed up with local issues, we have popularity mixed up with
    performance. Rampant parochialism totally unrelated to performance and,
    I am sorry to have to say this, a total lack of understanding of council.
    Perhaps more people should attend meetings.

    Sadman

  4. HappyManon 31 Jan 2010 at 5:06 am

    I can’t say that I’ve taken that much interest in the score cards, but I would like to make an offering on this education city.

    USQ it seems wants to be the center for economic development. At best it is a third tier university, with little in the way of credentials for what they aim to achieve. To build something from scratch will take an excessive amount of money, and it is my hope that council will not be its deep pockets.

    Sadman – I must admit a certain ignorance, but am willing to learn!

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