Opinion

Just the odd friendly dig at silly decisions

OPINION: Since the beginning of this year I've made 11 new friends as the Chronicle's council journalist.

Whether or not these 11 men consider me a friend, depends on what day it is.

Imagine managing the mix of different personalities.

From the silent achievers to the boisterous bird callers, they all offer something different to the council chambers.

My job is to hold these men to account on decisions they make for you, our readers and the region's ratepayers.

Managing the relationship is key to getting good stories while maintaining their trust.

Sometimes I write stories they're not going to like, and like a marriage, the relationship is strained.

But thankfully they are intelligent, realise it's my job and we make up.

I believe they sometimes make silly decisions, but they're all hard working and want the best for the Fraser Coast. Their tri-weekly meetings are firmly fixed to my calendar and like Christmas, I count down to them.

I'm actually finding myself enjoying writing about and spending time with the region's politicians.

Read into my social life all you like.

Topics:  councillors, fraser coast regional council, hayden johnson, opinion




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