The end of the print editions of the Daily Examiner, the Richmond River Express Examiner and Coastal Views that deliver news across my electorate is very disappointing news for the region but also an opportunity to celebrate newspapers that have been serving locals for over 160 years, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.
“The Daily Examiner in particular has been a fearless fighter for the Clarence Valley since its inception as the Clarence and Richmond Examiner in 1859,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The DEX is known for its public campaigns, notably for a second Grafton bridge crossing, an ambulance station and health clinic in Yamba, a speed camera at Ulmarra and improvements to the Pacific Highway, all of which the Nationals have been able to convince the Government to deliver, in no small measure because of the newspaper’s loud and bold influence.
“And for a first in mainstream media, the DEX published an all-indigenous masthead edition “The Deadly Examiner” celebrating the Clarence Valley’s three Indigenous nations during Reconciliation Week and only yesterday produced a second edition.
“It is disappointing and perhaps short-sighted that the corporate owners have pulled the plug at a time when the Clarence Valley is growing and becoming more prosperous despite the coronavirus crisis.”
Mr Gulaptis also regretted the demise of the Richmond River Express Examiner which he said provided vital home delivered news to so many families in the Richmond Valley.
“I especially want to acknowledge its Editor Susanna Freymark who has done a terrific job pulling together the weekly edition with professionalism and pride”, Mr Gulaptis concluded.
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