About Us

The Monaro Media Group Pty Ltd publishes the region’s only locally-owned and independent newspaper. This weekly publication covers news and events from across the Snowy Monaro Region. It is produced to prepress stage in Cooma and printed in Canberra. The newspaper is distributed across the region, from Canberra, Queanbeyan and Yass, across the whole Snowy Monaro Regional Council region and down through the Far South Coast. The newspaper is also available via an electronic subscription service. The company also publishes a tourist magazine The Snowpost with seven editions per year to showcase the local tourism product to readers both intra and interstate. The Innovation Magazine is our building, renovating and lifestyle annual magazine which includes all the local services and products available to you to help take the stress out of those decisions. Farming is the backbone of the Monaro region, and Your Farm magazine contains all local agriculture news. Inserted as a gloss lift-out in The Monaro Post twice a year, Your Farm is a Monaro farmer’s essential guide to the region. Our Production team also creates logos, business cards, poster and brochures/catalogues.

Our History

The Monaro Post newspaper came into being on August 17, 2006, with the formation of the Monaro Media Group Pty Ltd. It was established by four local people, all with extensive experience in the newspaper industry. The first edition was published on September 13, 2006. This weekly, local, independent newspaper quickly grew from an original 24-page publication to today’s version, which averages 56 to 64 pages and a print run of 2700 copies each week. The Monaro Post is audited by the CAB Sydney twice a year. The Monaro Post has three offices located throughout the Snowy Monaro Region. These can be found at Cooma, Bombala and Jindabyne. The newspaper is owned by five local people, three of whom are directors of the company and work in the newspaper. In September 2016, The Monaro Post celebrated our 10th birthday. Throughout our 10 year run, we have clocked up several milestones and achievements. The business was named the Best Small Business of the Year in the Small Business Awards of 2008. It was a state finalist in those awards in 2007 and 2009. A regular competitor in the NSW Country Press Awards, The Monaro Post has won awards for its technical excellence, its presentation, news content and special features. Its sister publication, The Snowpost, has also won NSW Country Press Award accolades. The Monaro Post also won the award for Excellence in Small Business 11-19 employees at the Snowy Monaro Business awards held in May 2018. Editor, Gail Eastaway, is also an award-winning journalist, picking up an E C Sommerlad Award for journalism in 1983 and for news photography in 1984. Since its beginnings, the business has employed local staff, giving a number of young people their first taste of employment after school. These young people include Alistair Wharton, Nick Chapman, Mark Salvestro, Sarah Kleven and Jack Needham who completed traineeships before moving on to tertiary studies. In production Ben Smith, Libby Goggin, Jess Plumridge and Kylie Hinton have been given apprenticeships in prepress graphic arts.
Our current employees consist of Editor Gail Eastaway, Journalists include Elle Thompson, Sam Tonks, Richard Wilkins and Trista Parker. The Sales Team consist of Tracy Frazer, Naomi Bruce, Cori Isele and Breanna Arnold. Our Creative Production team includes Jess Plumridge, James Hanna and Pippa Lewis. Louise Platts manages our Accounts Department. Weekly Coloumnist Lisa Ashurst.

Gail Eastaway

Editor (Part Owner)

Tracy Frazer

Advertising (Part Owner)

Louise Platts

Accounts (Part Owner)

Elle Thompson

Journalist

Naomi Bruce

Advertising

Jessica Plumridge

Design & Production

Sam Tonks

Bombala Journalist

Breanna Arnold

Advertising

James Hanna

Design & Production

Richard Wilkins

Journalist

Lisa Ashurst

Columnist

Jen Stockl

Design & Production

Trista Parker

Jindabyne Journalist

Gail Eastaway

Editor (Part Owner)

Tracy Frazer

Advertising (Part Owner)

Louise Platts

Accounts (Part Owner)

Elle Thompson

Journalist

Sam Tonks

Bombala Journalist

Trista Parker

Jindabyne Journalist

Richard Wilkins

Journalist

Lisa Ashurst

Columnist

Jessica Plumridge

Design & Production

James Hanna

Design & Production

Jen Stockl

Design & Production

Naomi Bruce

Advertising

Breanna Arnold

Advertising