30 July, 2021
Community Connect: Connecting community with council
CASSOWARY Coast Regional Council has recently invited requests for tender for a community lift out which will reimagine a new communications channel between the activities of the Council and Cassowary Coast residents.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan acknowledged that with the closure of the Innisfail Advocate, feedback had been received about a loss of connect between Council and community.
“Council is excited to provide new points of communication in multiple forms such as print, radio and social media to reach all readership needs and are free forms for the community to access.
“In line with Council’s commitment to strengthen the connection between our diverse communities and wider region, a new segment on Radio 4KZ will kick off in August, broadcasting one on one interviews with each of the Councillors.
Each monthly slot will allow a different Councillor to discuss the issues and projects relevant to their individual portfolio or division.
“The concept for the Community Connect will be a four page, lift out to be available in Cairns Local News on a fortnightly basis to keep residents connected with the diverse array of upcoming events, projects, stories and issues across the Cassowary Coast region.
“In June, Council called for submissions which was responded to by 10 submissions from Far North, state and interstate media publications, with Cairns Post and Cairns Local News submitting from FNQ. Each publication’s relevant experience, appreciation of task, management, technical skills and methodology were taken into consideration when evaluating each quote.
“Our goal is to create a more connected, involved and informed community and we hope these new channels engage both readers and listeners to celebrate the Cassowary Coast and its unique stories,” said Councillor Mark Nolan.