It may not be obvious to the outside observer, but there are actually two parallel conversations about government at the local level, and yet only one of them gets any form of reliable media coverage. These two systems are 1) the policies and issues discussed and decided upon by council, and 2) the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating those decisions.
Traditional media has evolved around the first system; reporting on and critiquing the decisions made around the council table. When council decides to build a new piece of infrastructure, such as the Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria, traditional news will give you the highlights, what was decided, how much it will cost, etc. If council decides to increase affordable housing infrastructure, traditional media will tell you how much money is being allocated, how much housing will be provided, etc. Continue reading Why Victorian Analysis Matters