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Tuesday, October 19, 2021


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arrangements which are to remain in effect across Victoria, The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer newspapers will not be published this week (Wed., July 21).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

LOCAL PEOPLE: Next feature on April 28

The four-page ‘Local People’ section will not appear in the April 21 Murrindindi edition of The Local Paper. It is hoped that weekly publication of this popular section will resume on Wednesday, April 28. The section is edited by Ash Long, who had a serious fall last Friday (Apr. 16) and is currently on medical

Newspaper Jobs

Media industry changes have provided great expansion opportunities for The Local Paper group. We are building a network of 34 weekly community newspapers – in print and online – across Greater Melbourne. With COVID-19 restrictions set to soon ease there is likely to be an unprecedented demand for advertising from local businesses, trades people, schools,

OURSELVES: 51-year anniversary this week

The publisher of this newspaper, Local Media Pty Ltd, this weekcelebrates the 51-year anniversary of its origins. The company’s Melbourne Observer was first published on September 14, 1969. Current day editor, Ash Long, started with the Observer as a newsboy in the third week of publication in 1969, later also creating The Local Paper group.

COMING SOON. North-West Edition. Starts July 1, 2020

The North-West Edition of The Local Paper hits the streets on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The North-West Edition covers the local government areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley and Moreland. It will be in hard copy format, available free from more than 100 outlets, and also free online. The Local Paper honours

OURSELVES: Local Paper print editions to resume

The Local Paper will soon return to print, following the announcement this week by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews of a gradual return to re-opening society. Since mid-March, Victorian community life has been virtually closed, with the clear message that people should stay at home to prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus. In some areas, up

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