CCO was never solely about covering the Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) but over the past five and a half years it came to seem like that.
By The Editor
In our ‘About Us’ section from Day One we said; “We are here to give an alternative voice to the Coffs Coast and to keep you up to date and involved in our region and our world. What can you do here? You can interact, propose and agitate.“
Then we said; “About once a week we got comments/emails taking us to task for not being “objective.” You would think that the ‘Alternative Voice’ part of our logo might be a clue. But some people don’t get it.
We’re not objective, whatever that is. We don’t believe that it is even possible to write about anything without referencing ones values and worldview. We do, however, try to be honest and we do try to present as many views as possible – even if we don’t personally always agree with them.“
Increasingly though that alternative voice found a focus in the ‘going ons’ of the CHCC – both at elected representative and Executive levels.
And to some degree that came to define the timelines around what a not for profit like, volunteer site like CCO did.
Initially the plan was to change after the scheduled September 2020 LGA elections. But, of course, Covid 19 ended up adding 15 months to that timeline so the elections were finally held yesterday.
In that 15 month period much happened. Not the least for me as Editor was the discovery in early June this year that I would need to undertake invasive treatment and soon. And then have a fairly serious operation in October this year.
And after almost 5 1/2 years of largely running day to day a one person operation the decision was made back in June that I would need to take a break from the site for a while once the LGA election was over.
The date identified for that to happen was today, Sunday 5 December.
So it is that today we are going to close CCO until late January 2022 at least so I can focus on my recovery. On site comments will be kept open until 8 December but will close thereafter. The CCO Facebook site will be suspended on the same day.
Then we will consider how, and if, CCO returns.
In the meantime I’d like to thanks our wonderful contributors and readers for making this the vibrant online community it has become. At times it was ‘hard yakka’. But it was overwhelmingly rewarding too.
Best wishes to you all both seasonal and for the future.