THE Bendigo Weekly has had a strong response to giving readers a chance to influence the direction of the region.
Last week, the Weekly asked its readers to have their input into what the newspaper should campaign for.
Editor Anthony Radford said the response was encouraging.
“We had suggestions covering a large number of issues, and of towns, which was great,” he said.
“There were a lot of suggestions to continue pushing for things like the hospital and keeping the cost of living down, as well as requests to renew campaigns to push for projects that have seemingly been forgotten.”
Mr Radford said the experienced Weekly news team would continue to sort through the suggestions and begin contacting people soon.
“We will look at the stories in a bit more detail in the coming days and start the research process,” he said.
“We will also contact those who sent suggestions in, if needed, to ask their advice.
“I am really happy with the response so far, and I believe this could be a regular thing.
“We will look at running a series of stories that are simply suggestions from residents, or ideas from readers.”
Mr Radford said such interactivity was important.
“It’s important newspapers don’t think all the time they know what the community wants to read and know about,” he said.
“We listen to our community and we want to give them an obvious way of helping us push for what they want.
“It is all about listening to the community and being connected.”
Readers will be able to go online at www.bendigoweekly.com.au, send a letter or email about what they would like to see fought for.