Albanese Government delivers on election commitment for regional and local newspapers

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Albanese Government has delivered a lifeline to newspapers across the country with the announcement of the outcomes of the Regional and Local Newspaper Publishers Program.

A total of 208 applicants will receive a share of the $15 million program, which forms part of the Government’s $29 million local news and community broadcasting transition package.

From Gympie to Mildura and West Wyalong to Collie River, local newspapers are the backbone of so many regional communities right across Australia, helping keep locals informed and connected.

First Nations and multicultural media also play an important role in connecting people and keeping communities strong, especially in the suburbs of our capital cities.

This program delivers on Labor’s key election commitment to support eligible print publishers absorb newsprint price increases which threaten the sustainability of newspapers and journalism jobs throughout Australia.

One hundred and thirty-three grants were awarded to eligible regional publishers from the $10 million available under Stream 1, and 78 eligible independent suburban, First Nations and multicultural publishers received a share of the $5 million under Stream 2. Three applicants will receive funding under both streams 1 and 2.

In accordance with the RLNP Program Guidelines, successful grantees are listed on the GrantConnect website within 21 days of the date of effect of their grant funding agreements. This was a demand-driven program, and the Department was the final decision-maker for grants.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:

“Local news is critical to so many communities across Australia.

I’m proud to announce the recipients of the Regional and Local Newspaper Publishers Program to over 200 publishers right across our nation.

This announcement delivers on our election commitment to help newspapers adjust to significant price increases in newsprint.”

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