WEST LOCALS: Your Western Times journalists Jorja McDonnell, Ellen Ransley and Lucy Rutherford.
WEST LOCALS: Your Western Times journalists Jorja McDonnell, Ellen Ransley and Lucy Rutherford. James Liveris

A new online era: More for you every day of the week

WE HAVE been telling the stories of Charleville and western Queensland for 136 years, bringing local news and information to your front door.

Today, we enter a new era.

One where we renew our commitment to bring you stories about people you know, to expose wrongdoing and hold decision makers accountable, to help grow your connection with your community, and to document our town's history.

The Western Times is changing so that we can keep you better informed every day of the week at www.westerntimes.com.au 

Western Queensland grazier Will Roberts bottle feeding one of his poddy lambs on his drought hit property north-east of Charleville. Picture: Lachie Millard
Western Queensland grazier Will Roberts bottle feeding one of his poddy lambs on his drought hit property north-east of Charleville. Picture: Lachie Millard

But we need your support.

Today we have launched a Premium online subscription model to the best local journalism, as well as state and national news. 

Your subscription will help to fund stories like Charleville reclaims world damper record, ANALYSIS: The drought gripping the southwest and China develops taste for west Queensland beef

Without you, many of them would never be told.

We take our responsibility to you seriously.

From today, for the introductory price of just $3 a week, you will get access to all local news, state news and a national news feed. You get to read everything happening in Charleville and across the southwest, and the wider region including Toowoomba, as well as the best in state and national news, business and sport from our sister titles The Courier Mail and The Daily Telegraph, and much more.

WESTERN TIMES : SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

>> BACK THE BUSH: New west QLD drought campaign launches

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>> Confusion cleared over roo harvest ban

 

You will still have free online access to vital information such as severe weather warnings, road closures, missing person reports and other issues where public safety may be at risk. Classifieds and real estate listings online will also be free to access.

A small number of readers have noticed over the last few months that some of our stories have been behind a paywall at our nearby sister daily papers while we've trialled the technology. So if you are already a subscriber of the Toowoomba Chronicle, you simply need to log in to www.westerntimes.com.au and you're away.

Victoria Downs Station, north-east of Charleville. Picture: Lachie Millard
Victoria Downs Station, north-east of Charleville. Picture: Lachie Millard


While regional print readership has remained steady over the last four years, digital audiences have grown significantly, doubling in fact, to 1.6 million per month.

We've had boots on the ground in Charleville for 136 years, bringing you news and information. 

Who else does that in our town? We look forward to your support.

Please note, this does not affect your print product, which will continue to come out every Thursday and the cover price remains $1.70. 

As part of our evolving change, we also now have a morning newsletter, where the most up-to-date news is delivered to your inbox in the morning. You can sign up to the newsletter here.

SUBSCRIBE HERE: www.westerntimes.com.au/halfprice 

 

Jordan Philp

Editor


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