A passion for News and the local community
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.
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.
Jess completed her apprenticeship in 2011 and is now Production Manager. Kylie finished her apprenticeship in 2014 and is now our production assistant. Kylie and Jess manage many of our social media sites. The girls are assisted by talented newbie James Hanna. Our production team is responsible for the design and creation of adverts and pages of the newspaper.
The Monaro Post employs four qualified journalists in our ever busy Editorial department. Elle Mackintosh has completed her first year as journalist and is now 2IC in the newsroom and has degrees in journalism and law.
Sam Tonks is our Bombala based journalist. She is also a journalism graduate.
Eliza Murdoch and Sam Stewart are the latest editorial recruits. They are both based in Cooma, but you will occasionally spot Eliza in our Bombala office. Jen Solomon has recently joined the team as a part time photographer.
The Monaro Post also employs Kirsten Seaver as our Jindabyne and Mountains correspondent.
The Sales department, which keeps the business alive, is led by Tracy Frazer who has won national sales awards when working for a large media organisation.
Tracy’s enthusiasm and experience in marketing and designing advert campaigns, is a great asset for local businesses.
She is supported by Louise Platts, who is our Bombala sales and accounts manager, Naomi Bruce and Cori Isele, who you will see out and about in Jindabyne.
Together, the team at The Monaro Post strives to give our community the news and advertising opportunities they require, while continuing to employ locals and supporting other local businesses.