Editorial - April 30: A Fair Go for Coffs is all we ask
THE best campaigns in the media, or in general for that matter, are the ones whose titles explain exactly what they stand for and what they hope to achieve.
A Fair Go for Regional Australia says it all and calls for just that, and no less.
There's always been a fundamental reason why there's been a mass migration of Coffs Harbour's young and gifted workforce after their high school years to metropolitan cities and why this region has had such a transient population.
Opportunities are greater in Sydney, but not just that, health care is better, education is better, employment rates, infrastructure, even life expectancy and wages are staggeringly greater.
Sure we have the quality of life most in Sydney envy, but we ask have the areas outside of Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong been failed at cabinet roundtables?
We are told there is a funding formula, but as one of the peak growth areas, have the funding calculations for the Coffs Coast's future been properly measured in dollars?
In a Federal Election year, let's face it, the government, the opposition and the minor parties fighting for seats in both houses need a reminder of the voice that resides outside metropolitan areas.
Follow our Fair Go for Coffs campaign and please suggest the issues that matter most.