Newsagency gears up for last de­liv­ery in town

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - SAA­VANAH BOURKE

FOR more than 20 years, Stan­thorpe Newsagency has de­liv­ered copies of the Bor­der

Post to the doorsteps of loyal read­ers across the Gran­ite Belt com­mu­nity.

As the pa­per makes the move to an all-dig­i­tal for­mat from next week, the lo­cal main­stay is pre­par­ing to de­liver the pa­per for one last time.

Stan­thorpe Newsagency owner Michael Bent­ley said while it is a dis­ap­point­ing and sud­den end to an era, on­line news is the way of the fu­ture.

“It is def­i­nitely a loss be­cause we have been sell­ing and de­liv­er­ing it (the Bor­der

Post) for the last 28 years,” Mr Bent­ley said.

“It has been around for a lot of years and has served the com­mu­nity well with a lot of his­tory and lo­cal peo­ple al­ways in the pages,” he said.

With the Bent­leys in­volved in the in­dus­try for more than 100 years, Mr Bent­ley said it was busi­ness as usual for the fam­ily af­ter buy­ing the agency in May of 1992.

“We have all re­ally en­joyed sell­ing it and de­liv­er­ing it to peo­ple over the years which is some­thing we are grate­ful and lucky to have done,” Mr Bent­ley said.

“It is some­thing you get sat­is­fac­tion out of.”

He said the tran­si­tion to on­line had left many read­ers shat­tered at los­ing the printed pa­per and said the newsagents too would miss that com­mu­nity con­nec­tion.

“It is a very big change,”

Mr Bent­ley said.

“You have to di­ver­sify. That’s the way the world works.

“It’s al­ways been good for peo­ple to have a choice – we are kind of pushed into a cor­ner now.”

How­ever, while a sig­nif­i­cant era of the Stan­thorpe Newsagency draws to a close, Mr Bent­ley said their only op­tion was to con­tinue look­ing to the dig­i­tally driven fu­ture.

“I think it af­fects a lot of things. As far as it goes we have to push on and move for­ward at this stage,” he said.

To make sure you stay con­nected and up to date with com­mu­nity-driven news from lo­cal jour­nal­ists, call Sub­scriber Ser­vices on 1300 361 604.

Pic­ture: San­dra McEwan

FI­NAL RUN: Zane Hume and Scott Bent­ley from the Stan­thorpe Newsagency.

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