'Back what you've got' urges mayor, as more print editions open and shut

As more established print editions closed in Queensland this week and others opened, a regional mayor urged residents and businesses to support local newspapers "where they can".

Goondiwindi Regional mayor Lawrence Springborg was speaking after Australian Community Media confirmed that the print edition of its Goondiwindi Argus would cease "until further notice" this week, while continuing as a digital publication as a free-to read edition.

Cllr Springborg said its loss would leave "a very real gap" in the community, and implored residents and businesses to support the Argus and also the MacIntyre Gazette, which still has a print edition. "We remain very fortunate in that we have two newspapers based in our region," he said.

A new 50,000-monthly giveaway for the Sunshine Coast, Sunny Coast Times is among mastheads which have appeared following News Corp's closure of regional print editions.

Under the editorship of former Noosa News editor Michele Sternberg, the bulk-delivered 44-page trimmed tabloid, Sunny Coast Times - owned by Neil and Emily Coningham - has a feature style reflective of sister publication Hinterland Times.

Welcoming readers to the first edition, Sternberg says, "Some camps say print is a dinosaur; I roar in objection".

Pictured: Michele Sternberg with her team (photo Sunny Coast Times); (right) local Farmer Wants a Wife contestants Madison McKenzie and Justine Adams make the inaugural cover

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