An honour to tell your stories
FOR the past 20 years The
Advocate has been delivered to households, shops and libraries in Bullsbrook, Gingin, Bindoon, Chittering, Upper Swan and more recently the Swan Valley and Ellenbrook.
A weekly paper filled with stories on local sporting heroes, talented children, local champions and community issues – a paper that I grew up reading as an Upper Swan local.
It was funny that years later I would end up writing for The Advocate and after moving away to work in regional WA as a journalist that I would find my way back to the Swan Valley as the local reporter. I was the reporter at The
Advocate for only a yearand-a-half, but so many of the stories I have heard and told are ones I will remember.
As a journalist, I am so lucky to be able to share these stories.
One that has remained with me is the story of Kai Nell, an Aveley boy who stole the hearts of thousands around WA during his battle with a rare form of leukaemia.
I have been constantly amazed by the community spirit and the people who are willing to help strangers in times of need.
The Ellenbrook and Oldridge Soup Kitchen was started last year by resident Lorraine Oldridge who, after seeing how many people were going hungry each day, felt the need to do something.
This community spirit is what made working at The
Advocate so enjoyable. The determination of local residents to fight against developments, clay pits, NBN towers and the determination of the Bullsbrook Saints Football Club players who have turned up every week to play, despite winning only one game in the past three years, and my personal favourite the local landcare groups and Friends of the western swamp tortoise, who have helped boost numbers of the adorable critically endangered species.
There’s been a lot of joy for the region too. The State Government made the commitment last year that longsuffering Ellenbrook residents would finally get their train thanks to the Metronet announcement.
Although this is the final print edition for The Advocate, the news will still happen and Community News will still report on it.
Thank you for letting us tell your stories.
THIS will be the last printed edition of The Advocate.
We thank you for your support over the years and look forward to bringing you local news on our website, communitynews.com.au, engaging with you on our social media platforms or including your news in neighbouring newspapers which will be delivered to new pick-up points.
The difficult decision to cease printing The Advocate followed an exhaustive review of all our newspapers and digital publishing channels.
The review looked at how well we engage with our readers, the economic conditions across Perth and in each community, and how we could ensure we have a sustainable business to bring news and information to Perth’s residents well into the future.
Unfortunately, economic conditions and changing media buying habits mean that in the areas The Advocate covers, it is no longer viable to create, produce and deliver a local newspaper.
But we have also found we have an increasingly engaged audience on our digital platforms, so have pledged to continue serving our audience there.
We appreciate all the support of our great readership and the businesses who have supported us. It has been a real joy to bring you the best local news each week and we look forward to continuing that relationship online into the future.
Reporter Lisa Thomas with a western swamp tortoise.