Media and Communications Policy

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Bellingen Shire Council is committed to keeping its local and wider community well informed about its activities.

To achieve this outcome Council recognises that a good working relationship with the media is essential and the purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for effective communication of Council affairs to the community via the media.

Council is committed to upholding and promoting the following principles of media engagement:


We will ensure that we promote an open exchange of information between our Council and the media.


We will ensure consistency by all Councillors and staff when communicating with the media.


The information we share with the media will be a source of truth for our Council and community and we will prioritise the need to correct inaccuracies when they occur.


We will ensure that we respond to media enquiries in a timely manner.

Read the full Media and Communications Policy(PDF, 423KB)