Regional Queensland gutted by closure of local papers

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Communities across Queensland and Australia were gutted a few weeks ago to learn that the vast majority of News Corp’s rural and regional newspapers would cease to exist in print from the end of the month.

Read Georgie Somerset’s column for the last ever Rural Weekly.

More than 125 newspapers will be closed or become digital versions hidden behind a paywall. Across Australia, 800 journalists will lose their jobs.

Among the casualties are newspapers that have been reporting local news for more than a century, including Queensland’s first regional newspaper the Queensland Times.

This couldn’t come at a worse time for regional Queensland, as we strive to ensure our voice is heard with Government and urban communities.

Fortunately, you can help. Check out the website of our re-energised Stand With Regional Queensland campaign to find out how.

Image credit: Rural Weekly, Shayloe Dorper Stud - Chloe and Shayli Sloan running down to check how much feed is left in the hay feeder.