Myrtleford Times

Meet Laurie Sullivan, new senior journalist at the Myrtleford Times/Alpine Observer

- Laurie Sullivan

WHY would you leave sunny Port Macquarie for chilly Myrtleford?

It’s a question I’ve been asked a few times in the past week since arriving in ‘Myrt’.

The answer is that the position at the Myrtleford Times/Alpine Observer was a chance to return to regional community newspapers, my first love as a journalist.

At the age or 25 I founded a regional weekly, the Camden Haven Courier, on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

As editor I had my finger on the pulse of the local communitie­s.

But, if deliveries were running behind schedule, it was a thrill to see people sitting on their front porch - often still in their pyjamas - waiting for their copy to be lobbed over the fence each Wednesday morning.

North East Media, publisher of the Myrtleford Times/Alpine Observer, retains that same commitment to the communitie­s it serves.

Journalism doesn’t get more ‘grassroots’ than the Times and the Observer, which have been serving the towns and villages of Victoria’s spectacula­rly beautiful North East for many decades.

The chance to again get newsprint on my fingers, as well as contribute to the growth and developmen­t of the company’s digital footprint, is what enticed me to make the tree change to Myrtleford.

So, if you have an opinion, a gripe, or news from your local group, not-forprofit organisati­on, sporting club, or business associatio­n, please contact me.

I’d love to help you to share it with our community.

Reach me at LSullivan@ nemedia.com.au or on 0435 795 326, or simply drop by the Myrtleford office at 76 Standish Street for a chat.

I hope to speak with you soon.

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