The unbalancing act

    Thanks for picking up The Westsider. We’re almost a year old, and in that time its been important to offer an opportunity for everyone in the community to be heard – not just those with the loudest voice or fattest wallet.  I still wonder how many more years we will have to wait until the dominant opinions are more representative of the values, needs and hopes of the rest. The Australian media, government and corporate environment still present a very narrow view to the people, and as individuals we are left either blinkered or angry, but unfortunately all poorer.

    There are so many people who contribute to this paper, and each month they can be relied on to send in that vital piece, missing information or timely photo. This edition speaks volumes for that effort, and is dedicated to those people who have been there for The Westsider, month-in-month-out; the people who deliver. If I had to choose an unofficial ‘theme’ for this edition – without spelling  it out – it would be pretty clear where my respect and appreciation lies.

    Speaking of giving people a chance to be heard, don’t miss out on ‘The Westies’ – The 2015 Citizen Journalism Media Awards, brought to you by The Westsider, Seddon Community Bank and Transurban.

    “The Westies” give this community an opportunity to practice their particular skill – whether it be words, art or photography – but also tell us their story through their chosen medium and have it profiled in a physical and online local publication. Share stories about yourself, your area, your families, activities, events or anything else important to you.

    Keep checking our Facebook page (and these pages) for some announcements on the categories, prizes and more!



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