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Warrnambool City Council - in the news

Warrnambool City Council is a large organisation comprising about 390 equivalent full-time staff who help deliver a wide range of services to the community.

The operations of Council are of general interest to the community and are reported on by several media outlets including a local newspaper, radio and television stations and blogs. 

From time to time media outlets are unable to publish Council's responses to media inquiries in their entirety.

The omission of relevant facts can lead to imbalanced reporting.

This page contains statements from Council on important issues that have featured in the news or in online commentary.

These statements can be accessed via the links to the right.

Council takes seriously its responsibility to answer inquiries from the media and this commitment is reflected in its News and Social Media Policy. 

Council also asks of media outlets that they endeavour to adhere to the following Australian Press Council's Statement of Principles:

 

Accuracy and clarity

1. Ensure that factual material in news reports and elsewhere is accurate and not misleading, and is distinguishable from other material such as opinion.

2. Provide a correction or other adequate remedial action if published material is significantly inaccurate or misleading.

Fairness and balance

3. Ensure that factual material is presented with reasonable fairness and balance, and that writers’ expressions of opinion are not based on significantly inaccurate factual material or omission of key facts.

4. Ensure that where material refers adversely to a person, a fair opportunity is given for subsequent publication of a reply if that is reasonably necessary to address a possible breach of General Principle 3.

Privacy and avoidance of harm

5. Avoid intruding on a person’s reasonable expectations of privacy, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

6. Avoid causing or contributing materially to substantial offence, distress or prejudice, or a substantial risk to health or safety, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

Integrity and transparency

7. Avoid publishing material which has been gathered by deceptive or unfair means, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

8. Ensure that conflicts of interests are avoided or adequately disclosed, and that they do not influence published material.

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