To­day the Western Star en­ters a bold new era on­line

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WE’VE been telling the sto­ries of the Mara­noa for 144 years, bring­ing lo­cal news and in­for­ma­tion to your front door. To­day, we en­ter a new era.

One where we re­new our com­mit­ment to bring you sto­ries about peo­ple you know, to ex­pose wrong­do­ing and hold de­ci­sion mak­ers ac­count­able, to help grow your con­nec­tion with your com­mu­nity, and to doc­u­ment our town’s history.

The Mara­noa’s lead­ing source of news, The Western Star, is chang­ing so we can keep you bet­ter in­formed ev­ery day of the week at www.west­ern­

But we need your sup­port. To­day we launch a pre­mium on­line sub­scrip­tion model to the best lo­cal jour­nal­ism, as well as state and na­tional news.

Your sub­scrip­tion will help to fund sto­ries like the Gung­gari Na­tive Ti­tle vic­tory, Roma Cup cov­er­age and the up­com­ing $120 mil­lion work­ers’ camp plans, that re­ally mat­ter to our lo­cal com­mu­nity. With­out you, many of them would never be told.

We take our re­spon­si­bil­ity to you se­ri­ously. From to­day, for the in­tro­duc­tory price of just $3 a week, you will get ac­cess to all lo­cal news, state news and a na­tional news feed. You get to read ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing in the Mara­noa and the wider re­gion in­clud­ing Toowoomba, as well as the best in state and na­tional news, busi­ness and sport from our sis­ter ti­tle, The Courier-Mail, and much more.

You will still have free on­line ac­cess to vi­tal in­for­ma­tion such as se­vere weather warn­ings, road clo­sures, miss­ing per­son re­ports and other is­sues where public safety may be at risk. Clas­si­fieds and real es­tate list­ings on­line will also be free to ac­cess.

A small num­ber of read­ers have no­ticed dur­ing the past few months that some of our sto­ries have been behind a pay­wall at our nearby sis­ter daily papers while we’ve tri­alled the tech­nol­ogy. So if you are al­ready a sub­scriber, in­clud­ing at the Toowoomba Chron­i­cle, you sim­ply need to log in to www.west­ern­ and you’re away.

While re­gional print read­er­ship has re­mained steady dur­ing the past four years, dig­i­tal au­di­ences have grown sig­nif­i­cantly, dou­bling in fact, to 1.6m per month.

We’ve had boots on the ground in Roma for 144 years, bring­ing you news and in­for­ma­tion. Who else does that in our town? We look for­ward to your sup­port.

This does not af­fect your print prod­uct, which will con­tinue to come out on Tues­day and Fri­day and the cover price re­mains $1.70.

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