25 June, 2022
Country Press NSW meets with government
Country Press NSW has met with NSW Government representatives to address the challenge caused by diminished official advertising, which is adversely affecting the regional independent newspaper industry.
A delegation of Country Press NSW executives met
with deputy premier Paul Toole MP and numerous government
ministers in Sydney on Wednesday, 8 June, to
discuss ways of reversing what member newspapers
have identified as a long-term contraction in advertising
by government departments.
Country Press NSW, which represents the largest
group of independent NSW newspapers still in print, is
looking to ensure the future viability of the industry
after years of COVID-19 related turmoil.
CP NSW president Lucie Peart said the meetings
with the government were constructive and very positive.
“The talks were frank and honest, we were able to
discuss our concerns with different levels of the NSW
Government and there is a mutual commitment there to
work on building a relationship,” Mrs Peart said.
said while businesses have continued to support their
local independent newspaper during the recent difficult
trading years, and readers have stayed loyal, the role of
government advertising was still a vital part.
“But this issue is not just about regular advertising
dropping off,” Mrs Peart stressed.
“We believe that some government departments are
not getting their information through to local areas in
the country, so people are not being adequately
informed. By working together there can be a much better
outcome for important government messaging,” she
Going forward, more meetings and negotiations
between Country Press NSW and the NSW Government
Country Press NSW, the oldest continuous press organisation in Australia, celebrates its 122nd anniversary this year.