Opinion: What we want to do in 2016
BECAUSE it's a New Year I've been thinking about the campaigns, issues and changes I'd like to champion at this paper during 2016.
We've had some pretty significant wins in terms of infrastructure spending, personal campaigns to raise money for good causes and maintaining services threatened with the axe, such as the local women's refuge and the region's only outreach dementia program.
And seeing as Metgasco and the whole issue of coal seam gas has evaporated into the ether, it's time to look at some of the issues that are that likely to occupy our time this year.
Top of the agenda would be the roll-out of shark mitigation measures. So far there has been a lot promised, some delivered, but there is no doubt there is still a long way to go before the community will feel satisfied.
Seeing as Kyogle Council has survived the chop, we'd like to partner up with them to see what we can do about the hundreds of ageing bridges in their area that need replacing.
There's government grants out there to be won and we've shown our local politicians are pretty astute at picking up on funding priorities and trying to help out.
Some sort of regional public transport plan would really benefit an area like the Northern Rivers where the population is spread over several large towns, and where not everyone who lives in one area works close by.
There's also some new content we'd like to introduce including a gardening page for all the green thumbs out there and we'd like to start a countdown history series to out 140th birthday in May.