Council adopts new media policy
WHITSUNDAY mayor Jennifer Whitney will still be the official spokesperson for council, but under the terms of a newly revised media relations policy, her six councillors will now also be able to speak to the press. The former council's media policy directed that all communications with the press were controlled by the mayor, who could delegate to the deputy mayor in his or her absence. Now, particularly since the introduction of councillor portfolios, this has changed.
At its regular fortnightly meeting last Wednesday, council officially recognised the desire of the community for councillors to make statements in the media on a range of issues.
The new policy says councillors are permitted to make public comment on appropriate matters as long as they specify whether the comment is their own personal opinion, or the agreed and approved opinion of the council as a whole.
Council's mayor Jennifer Whitney said revising the media relations policy was a positive step and would allow members of the community to know who their councillors are.
Cr Whitney said councillors would be expected to talk in a positive manner and support council resolutions overall.