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Time to say goodbye and thank you

The Great Southern Media brand includes print media Great Southern Weekender, online media Great Southern Live and radio stations GoldMX & 88FLY. (Great Southern Weekender)

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After 28 years of providing the Great Southern region with local community news, the Great Southern Weekender will close its doors on Thursday, December 23.

The last issue of the paper will be delivered to homes and placed on newsstands, Thursday, December 30.

It’s with enormous sadness the local Board of Directors and local shareholders unanimously agreed to wind up operations after months of discussions.

Decline in business and advertising support sees print copy no longer viable as a business operation

Over the last two years since COVID-19 struck, the Great Southern Weekender has seen a dramatic decline in business and advertising support for various reasons, making continuation of the print copy side of the local media group (Great Southern Media WA) no longer viable as a business operation.

“Radio stations ‘Gold MX’ and ‘88Fly FM’, along with the more recent digital platform service Great Southern Live are still under negotiations as to what form they will take.”

Radio stations ‘Gold MX’ and ‘88Fly FM’, along with the more recent digital platform service Great Southern Live are still under negotiations as to what form they will take.

The future direction of these two platforms have seen some positive interest already since the news broke on our digital site and Facebook pages last week.

A more localised alternative for community-based news established by Howard Gaskin in 1993

The Weekender was first established by Howard Gaskin in 1993 and several local businesspeople who banded together to offer a more localised alternative for community-based news.

“This soon became a reality with a committed staff, over 20 local shareholders and dozens of businesses keen to support a locally based operation”

This soon became a reality with a committed staff, over 20 local shareholders and dozens of businesses keen to support a locally based operation that would also offer a more competitive pricing alternative for advertisers and local businesses to promote their products.

Last week, all staff were informed and keen to see the Great Southern Weekender go out in style by the end of the year, marking a wonderful 29 years in operation.

The Weekender has done its best to provide quality news and information to the community, supported hundreds of local businesses and employed hard-working staff.

There will be plenty of history and good stories to come over the coming weeks and we hope everyone stays on board with us as we countdown to December 30th.

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