Connecting Hinterland Communities
Sunshine Valley Gazette is a locally owned and operated, free community newspaper published fortnightly and circulated throughout the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
This local paper has circulated in the area for more than 20 years, formerly Sunshine Valley News, until it closed in late 2011. Long time Palmwoods resident, journalist and author, Kerry Brown knew the local paper had been integral in informing, entertaining, connecting and reflecting life in the Hinterland.
In early 2012 she decided to revitalise the paper and gave it 150% effort. Within days the first Sunshine Valley Gazette was published on 7th March. Despite print media challenges the Gazette tripled in size after one edition from a 12 page A4 size paper to a 12 page tabloid paper. Sunshine Valley Gazette has continued to grow in circulation, size and popularity; Kerry’s column is appropriately called ‘Just Do It’.
Sunshine Valley Gazette is circulated every second Wednesday to letterbox and bulk distribution locations across the Hinterland. Initially circulation was limited to Woombye, Palmwoods and surrounding areas. The local ‘feel good’ content had tremendous appeal and requests to broaden circulation extend into Nambour, Mapleton and Montville then later into Maleny and Yandina.
The Gazette team live, breathe, eat and sleep in the area and are well connected at a local level to seek out stories, contributions and events shaping life in the Hinterland. Our content is all local because the readers love to know who, what, where, when, how and why life is so good in the Hinterland.
Local Advertisers & Local Content
As a journalist and active community resident Kerry believes content is the most important aspect in any newspaper. A strict 50/50 content policy means 50% editorial and 50% advertising. The Gazette’s integrity has been built on her proven commitment to ethical journalism and making the Hinterland a great place to live.
Advertisers are crucial to the Gazette. Around 75% of advertisers are small business operators on a regular advertising schedule, they keep advertising because they get results and we work with them to ensure their advertising is effective. We encourage you to call any advertiser for a reference.
If no one reads the paper then advertising is a waste of time.
Our website is designed and hosted by Green Printery in Maleny. Sunshine Valley Gazette proudly promote ‘local business supporting local business’ through working partnerships such as our website construction and maintenance.
Hinterland Networking Events
In May 2013 Mayor Mark Jamieson launched the inaugural Hinterland Business Networking Event. Based on building relationships with other like-minded business people, these events are well attended. Three events were held last year and there are event dates for 2014.
We look forward to working with all local businesses.
Sunshine Valley Gazette – Ph 54421672