Australian Community Media – publisher of more than 125 non-daily regional newspapers around Australia – has announced the suspension of the publication of the Collie Mail until at least 30 June.
The suspension, which also applies to the Bunbury Mail, has been blamed on the COVID-19 virus and its adverse impact on newspaper revenues.
The news has come as a shock and a disappointment to the Collie community, coming at a time when the town is looking to attract new businesses and diversify its industries.
The Collie Mail was first published in July 1908 by Mr H. E. Reading, who had previously established The Southern Times in Bunbury.
It was originally called the “Colle Mail: the Miner and Timber Workers’ Advocate”. On the front page of its first publication, the newspaper said: “Today we make our bow to the Public of Collie and the South West Districts in this the first issue of the COLLIE MAIL, and Miners and Timber Workers Advocate, the first labour journal ever printed and published in the South West Portion of this State.
“The need has long been felt of a Journal such as this, that can and will, fearlessly advocate the cause of the worker.
“The unjust treatment that has been meted out to the workers and their representatives in parliament by all sections of the daily press … has forced us to the conclusion that by having such a journal … the worker shall be heard, and it will be through the columns of this paper that their voice shall be heard in no uncertain manner.”
The Collie Mail, which was available every Thursday, had an average readership of 3700.