A jab in a new direction

Covid has changed our lives in many ways. We travel less, we sanitise more, we organise events with trepidation and understand that goods from overseas are subject to delays that are beyond suppliers’ control. Working and studying from home happens when it must, and while some businesses are flourishing, others are still doing it tough.

A few months ago, the printers who print this paper got in touch to say that due to a contraction in work from some major retailers, they planned to mothball the press that this paper was printed on. We faced a choice – the paper size had to either get smaller or bigger to accommodate a different press.

This news forced us to make some decisions – perhaps a new look was overdue. So we pulled out all stops and decided that bigger would be better. The new size gives us more space to display our stories and images, and advertisement sizes have expanded but thankfully, without a corresponding price increase.

In tandem, we’ve also given our website at localmattersne.wpengine.com a major overhaul. The site now has a dedicated page for local jobs and a revamped business directory. We’re especially excited to launch a classified section – a local marketplace where you can sell cars, boats and other goods, post meeting notices, advertise work wanted, announce the arrival of a baby, note the passing of someone dear, and so much more. What’s more, you can create the listing from the comfort of your home or office and pay online. The new Entertainment section is also worth checking out. It includes a calendar of events where readers can create their own listings.

As always, the only way that this paper gets to you is because of the loyal support of our local advertisers. You guys are legends and we take this opportunity to say a huge “thank you”.

We hope you enjoy your new look paper and feedback is always welcome at