READERS of the Hills News are invited to share their favourite memories of the 60 year old newspaper for its upcoming final edition.
Fairfax Media’s Australian Community Media division has confirmed plans to close six of its free weekly newspapers in Sydney’s west and north-west.
The Hills News, Rouse Hill Courier, Blacktown Sun, Parramatta-Holroyd Sun, St Marys-Mt Druitt Star and Penrith City Gazette will publish their farewell editions in the week of December 18.
The restructure of ACM’s suburban Sydney publishing operations includes the launch of a new magazine in the city’s north-west in early 2018.
The name of the free weekly magazine and where it will be available will remain under wraps until closer to its debut.
Staff at the company’s Bella Vista office were briefed on the changes on November 30 following two weeks of consultation.
While detailed analysis determined that the six newspapers are no longer commercially sustainable, ACM will continue to offer an extensive suite of digital advertising solutions and marketing products to local businesses in the markets where its print strategy is changing.
A voluntary redundancy program has opened for staff at the affected sites and recruitment to open roles created by the restructure is under way, along with discussions about redeployment opportunities within the ACM regional, rural and suburban publishing network which stretches into every state and territory.
ACM will continue to publish 10 community newspaper titles across the greater Sydney region: the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser, Camden-Narellan Advertiser, Wollondilly Advertiser, Blue Mountains Gazette, Hawkesbury Gazette, Hawkesbury Courier, Liverpool City Champion and Fairfield City Champion.
How to share your stories
Are you a regular reader of the Hills News? Maybe you have appeared in its pages over the 60 years. Share your memories in the farewell edition and email editor Heloise Reece at email@example.com