30 April, 2021
Regional newspaper purchases local printing press
FOLLOWING the huge demand of regional Queenslanders for a printed newspaper to be returned to their communities the presses in Rockhampton recommenced this week.
The sounds of the presses were silenced in June last year following the closure of APN Print and News Corps closure of printed newspapers across the country and in particular Queensland, but the site in Rockhampton is back up and running again following the press's purchase from News Corp by Today Print.
New printed newspapers have commenced across Queensland since the closure by News Corp, providing media diversity and vital news and information to those communities. Today Print in Rockhampton will now allow the further growth and development of newspapers for local communities.
Today Print is part of the Today News Group which publishers nine newspapers across regional Queenslandincluding Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Gympie, Noosa, South Burnett, Ipswich, Central and North Burnett, Warwick and Stanthorpe.
Director Bruce Ellen said Today Print was an important investment to ensure communities across Queensland continue to have a printed newspaper to hold the powerful to account and keep communities informed.
"This is a significant restart of an important industry that will service the whole of Queensland, based in Rockhampton," he said.
"We have a group of passionate independent publishers behind the Today papers and we hope everybody locally will embrace what is an amazing facility for Queensland and particularly for Rockhampton and CQ."
Operations manager Wayne Layt, who worked at The Morning Bulletin and APN Print for 20 years, said Today Print had already re-employed ten staff, who had previously worked at the print site.
"Our staff are very happy to be back at work, it's their trade and they're happy to be doing it again," he said.
"It's been a big effort to get the site back up and running after it was closed for nine months, but the presses are finally running in Rockhampton."