Our History

The Monaro Post newspaper came into being on August 17, 2006, with the formation of the Monaro Media Group Pty Ltd. It was established by four local people, all with extensive experience in the newspaper industry. The first edition was published on September 13, 2006. This weekly, local, independent newspaper quickly grew from an original 24-page publication to today’s version, which averages 56 to 64 pages and a print run of 2700 copies each week. The Monaro Post is audited by the CAB Sydney twice a year. The Monaro Post has three offices located throughout the Snowy Monaro Region. These can be found at Cooma, Bombala and Jindabyne. The newspaper is owned by five local people, three of whom are directors of the company and work in the newspaper.

In September 2016, The Monaro Post celebrated our 10th birthday. Throughout our 10 year run, we have clocked up several milestones and achievements. The business was named the Best Small Business of the Year in the Small Business Awards of 2008. It was a state finalist in those awards in 2007 and 2009. A regular competitor in the NSW Country Press Awards, The Monaro Post has won awards for its technical excellence, its presentation, news content and special features. Its sister publication, The Snowpost, has also won NSW Country Press Award accolades. The Monaro Post also won the award for Excellence in Small Business 11-19 employees at the Snowy Monaro Business awards held in May 2018. Editor, Gail Eastaway, is also an award-winning journalist, picking up an E C Sommerlad Award for journalism in 1983 and for news photography in 1984. Since its beginnings, the business has employed local staff, giving a number of young people their first taste of employment after school. These young people include Alistair Wharton, Nick Chapman, Mark Salvestro, Sarah Kleven and Jack Needham who completed traineeships before moving on to tertiary studies. In production Ben Smith, Libby Goggin, Jess Plumridge and Kylie Hinton have been given apprenticeships in prepress graphic arts.