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