Sunraysia Daily shuts down

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Sunraysia Daily main office (photo credit: Elliott Newspaper Group)Mildura regional newspaper the Sunraysia Daily has been forced to stop operations.

The paper’s parent firm, Elliott Newspaper Group, stated that the COVID-19 situation forced a closure to the company’s printing operations in Mildura, Swan Hill, and Kerang, but will be reactivated once the crisis has passed. 

As a result, the final issue of the Sunraysia Daily, as well as those of Sunraysia Life, The Guardian in Swan Hill, the Gannawarra Times, and the Loddon Times, will be on 28 March.

"Our newspapers have been a pillar of the communities they serve for in some cases over 100 years. In that time they have covered many adverse events that affected the community including depression, droughts, floods and war. However no event has had such an immediate impact on our viability than in the current situation. Our priority at this difficult time is to provide as much assistance to existing employees as is emotionally and financially possible," said Elliott Newspaper Group managing director Ross Lanyon.

The MEAA was left disappointed with the decision, which came just as Sunraysia was in the middle of a centennial anniversary. Two other regional papers - the 130-year-old Great Southern Star in Victoria’s South Gippsland and the 145-year-old Yarram Standard – released their last issues this week.

“Without doubt this is a difficult operating environment but many of these mastheads have a long and proud history – they have survived depression, drought and world wars. And yet a week of this current crisis has led them to close their doors. Shutting down in advance of the benefits they are to receive from the government stimulus packages, is a knee-jerk reaction,” said MEAA media president Marcus Strom.

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