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Thursday, May 26, 2022


Letter From The Editor

Thursday, May 26, 2022 A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Local Paper/Melbourne Observer EditorAsh Long writes to readers, advertisers We are an old-fashioned newspaper company.Our 53-year traditions, as one of the few remaining truly independent publishers of weekly community newspapers in Victoria, serve our readers well.We prize the truth, we go the extra mile for accuracy,

Meet our Editor

Meet our Group Editor-in-Chief, Ash Long Ash Long CommunityFreemasons Victoria• Grand Superintendent of Communications (Honorary). June 2020-• Chairman, Communications and Marketing Volunteer Action Team (Honorary). April 2020-• Editor, FV News (Honorary). Webmaster, www.FVNews.com.au. April 2020-• Member, Freemasons Future Recovery Team. COVID recovery. 2020-2022.• Conferred with the Grand Rank of Past Grand Tyler. 2015. Later promoted

NEXT ISSUE: May 4, 2022

Following our Easter-ANZAC period break, regular weekly publication of The Local Paper resumes on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Deadline for editorial and advertising is 5pm, Friday, April 29, 2022.

LOCAL PAPER: Print editions back on Feb. 2

Weekly print and online editions of The Local Paper return on Wednesday, Frebruary 2. As is the annual custom, editions are not published in January to allow our team to take annual leave. The office re-opens on Monday, January 24. A full coverage of Australia Day events and honours will be included in the first

COVID: November 10 date for publications

Given that our newspaper business relies heavily on retail advertising, and that retail will not re-open across Victoria until Cup Day or so, the first editions of The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer are timed for publication on Wednesday, November 10. We plan to publish six editions prior to Christmas (Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec.

STATEWIDE: Lockdown publishing arrangements

Due to the lockdown arrangements which are to remain in effect across Victoria, The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer newspapers will not be published this week (Wed., July 21). This decision is made out of an abundance of caution regarding the health and safety of our distribution team, who normally have more than 1000 personal

Local Papers resume after COVID lockdown

We are pleased to advise that The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer newspapers resume regular publication next week. The COVID lockdown prevented publication of our June 2 and 9 issues. Normal 5pm Friday deadlines apply for advertising bookings and content, prior to the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Earlier lodgement of material is always appreciated.

LOCKDOWN CONTINUES: No issue on June 9

The Victorian State Government is likely to announce today (Wed.) an extension of the ‘Circuit Breaker’ Lockdown. Due to the ongoing health and safety issues for our team members, and because of the limitations of ongoing restrictions, the difficult decision has been made to cancel our June 9 issue. Please be assured that we are

SNAP LOCKDOWN: Publishing Arrangements

Due to issues associated with the COVID-19 circuit breaker seven-day lockdown, we have made the difficult decision not to publish the June 2 editions of The Local Paper and the Melbourne Observer newspapers.  This is a temporary arrangement, and we expect to resume normal weekly publication with the ‘June 9’ issue. One of the primary factors in our decision is

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