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Voice of Real Australia: Surviving the test of time

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Goulburn Evening Penny Post editor from 1885 to 1900, Thomas Hebblewhite.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post editor from 1885 to 1900, Thomas Hebblewhite.

We're pretty confident informed, engaged readers are aware of the Save Our Voices campaign resonating across the nation right now.

Your local media outlets - in whichever medium you choose - are committed to shining a light on your community's issues, in good times and in bad. They are a lifeline in times of drought, bushfire and flood. They help create a sense of community and purpose.

Besides the various organisations involved in the campaign - why not listen to the parents of Daniel Morcombe, Bruce and Denise? They believe had there been no local media on the Sunshine Coast, their boy, abducted from them 2003 when he was just 13 years of age, would never have been found. Eight years later, Brett Cowan was charged with the Daniel's murder.

It's a heartbreaking example but an incredibly powerful one.

There's also the deep-seated roots regional organisations have within their communities - take TheGoulburn Post for example.

Today The Post published a special anniversary edition - to celebrate its 150th year.

Of the several newspapers that have flourished and foundered over the years only one has survived the test of time - The Goulburn Post. As Roger Bayley, a member of the Goulburn and District Historical and Genealogical Society recalled: "... it once gloried in the name of the Penny Post.

"It would be easy to assume that the name reflected the price - one penny - but there is much more to the story than that, and it is a story worth telling." You can read the full story here.

Today's Goulburn Post staff have paid tribute to their professional forefathers with a series of articles celebrating those magnificent 150 years.

It may come from a very different time

In 1885 the gloriously named Thomas J Hebblewhite, the editor, wrote: "The newspaper is teacher and taught; the forged and the forger of the thunderbolt of public opinion ... It is a teacher whose forum is the wide world and whose text is the universe ... It is the many sided conversation of the day crystallised."

Long may our days be crystallised by regional media.

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