Local TV news bulletins are among the highest-rating programs on regional television. And regional newspapers set the news agenda for their cities and towns.
Together, they are staples of regional life, giving Australians outside the big cities a voice and keeping them connected to their community. It is vitally important for regional Australians to know what is happening in their own backyards, particularly since many live far from the services people in Sydney and Melbourne take for granted.
If we are to engage in discussion and debate on the events and issues in our communities, if we are to persuade politicians and other decision-makers to take regional Australians seriously, and if we are to fight and campaign for the services and infrastructure that regional Australia must have, then we need trusted information.
Trusted information from long-established local media outlets enables us to form a view and voice our opinion.
Your local media outlets are the only ones committed to shining a light on your community’s issues, in good times and in bad. They are a lifeline in times of drought, bushfire and flood. They create a sense of community and purpose. They celebrate what is unique about where we live.
And local journalists, living and working in these communities, are the people who question and report on what matters most to you, your family and your local community. Whether it is access to daycare or a decision the council is making, what is happening in the courts or why your rubbish hasn’t been collected, why health services and doctors are scarce and or what is happening in local crime or local sport, your local media is there to tell the story.