Paper full of mem­o­ries

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

LONG-TIME Ad­vo­cate em­ployee Ge­off Mouritzen re­mem­bers the hum­ble be­gin­nings of the lo­cal news­pa­per in Bulls­brook.

An editor, sales and pro­duc­tion staff squeezed into a tiny store­room at the back of a lo­cal real es­tate agent.

He joined the team in 2001, just three years af­ter the news­pa­per was started by Ru­ral Press be­fore be­ing taken over in 1999 as an in­de­pen­dent owned by sales­man Bruce Betts.

Mr Mouritzen said the paper was very much a lo­cal news­pa­per, with con­tent from lo­cals in Gin­gin, Bulls­brook, Lancelin and Bin­doon pro­vided each week.

“There was no El­len­brook then, so our cov­er­age was from Bulls­brook up to Lancelin,” he said.

Mr Mouritzen said some of his favourite mem­o­ries were pack­ing his car full of pa­pers and de­liv­er­ing them to lo­cal news­stands.

“Ev­ery Thurs­day morn­ing I would pack up the pa­pers in my car and travel to Bin­doon, Gin­gin, Se­abird, Lancelin and Guilder­ton to take the pa­pers to the news­stands,” he said.

“On Mon­day I’d drive to Mid­land to get the pho­tos de­vel­oped for the paper.

“I was driv­ing back from get­ting them de­vel­oped the day the planes flew into the Twin Tow­ers.

“I remember hear­ing it on the ra­dio and be­ing so shocked.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it had hap­pened.”

In 2005 the Ad­vo­cate of­fice moved next to Bendigo Bank.

“We moved from this tiny shoe­box to a proper of­fice, which was very ex­cit­ing for the staff at the time,” Mr Mouritzen said.

In Oc­to­ber 2006, Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group pur­chased The Ad­vo­cate from Mr Betts and ex­panded it to in­clude the Swan Valley and El­len­brook.

Mr Mouritzen con­tin­ues to work for the com­pany in the Com­mu­nity News head of­fice.

He said he looked back at those times with fond mem­o­ries.

Pic­ture: Lisa Thomas

Ge­off Mouritzen re­mem­bers the very first edi­tions of The Ad­vo­cate news­pa­per.

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