Over the past week there has been a significant focus on the correlation between commercial and political interests and media organisations.
Many concerned locals have reached out to me, voicing their concerns regarding perceived bias by some media organisations who are driven either by political affiliations, personal beliefs or commercial arrangements deriving lucrative sponsorship.
It would be unethical and unprofessional for any media outlet to prioritise publications or broadcasts based upon commercial or political motives.
The product of audience exclusion of news, current affairs and commentary, which meet criteria of industry guidelines and legislation, is an unhealthy culture and relationship between media agencies and the public.
The fact is that these organisations rely on the public for support, in that they are sustained by the people who comprise their audience.
Zero audience equals zero sponsorship or commercial gain; completely unproductive.
Trust and credibility will only be restored and maintained if media outlets are transparent, ethical, professional and unbiased in the conduct of their business.
The public deserve uncensored media broadcast and publications, free of tampering by those making decisions which are partial.
Media censorship has no place in our society.
WETTING A LINE WITH OTAS
It is around that time of the year to wet a line! Two weeks ago I visited the Orange Trout Acclimatisation Society (OTAS) out at Lake Canobolas for a friendly chat with the fellow anglers.
The OTAS is a local community orientated organisation which has been active since 1932.
Their aim is to promote mutual interests among local anglers whilst liaising with the governmental organisations in stocking trout and native fish in our waterways.
During my visit we had a great discussion about the upcoming season and the history of the club, along with the possibility of proving access to Suma Park Dam to recreational anglers.
Providing access to such waterways promotes an economic benefit to the local economy, partly through anglers traveling to Orange to fish. As the Member for Orange and part of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party it is important that I stay connected with organisations such as the OTAS and stand for fishers as well as farmers and shooters.
LOCAL SPORTS GRANT PROGRAM
With the upcoming summer sports season I implore any sporting team, organisation and/or community to apply for the Local Sports Grant Program. The Program aims to increase standard and continuous participation opportunities in sport, address barriers to participation in sport, and to assist sporting clubs to provide quality services to their members.
The program is comprised of four project types which are centred on the (1) development of sport with $2000, (2) Community Sports Events with $5000, (3) Sports Access with $5000, (4) Facility Development with $20000.
To check your eligibility or if you want more information regarding the program please visit www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au. The program is closing on October 20 so you have to be quick!