18 November, 2021
Narromie Star launched
The first edition of the Narromine Star, a joint venture between Gilgandra Newspapers and Dubbo Photo News, has been published.
The 24-page paper was a hit among locals, with some only heading out of the house to make the purchase.
After many local papers lost their mastheads to the COVID-19 pandemic, the starting up of a new paper has given hope in regional towns.
“For some of these communities, the local newspaper was the only local source of information or local media company,” said co-owner Lucie Peart.
“We firmly believe that local news should be available in every community, not run by metro newsrooms, often hundreds of kilometres away.”
Conversations about the return of a newspaper began with the Narromine Shire Council mayor Craig Davies some months ago.
“He approached us because he felt Narromine residents deserve their own truly local publication,” said Mrs Peart.
“The recent lockdowns and family commitments (I welcomed my second son in July), have delayed our plans slight but here we are with our first edition in the stands!”
Mrs peart is passionate about local newsrooms and hopes to keep the spirit alive for many more years to come.
“The closure of newsrooms in regional NSW will leave a lasting impact on communities. However, for many independent publishers it has a created a space for us to expand into other districts and deliver a better, local service into the future.
“A local newspaper not only records the going ons of the day it is published, but it is also a record of history,” said Mrs Peart.
The Narromine Star’s first edition flew off shelves, with the publication looking at having a promising future.