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10 September, 2021

State Pollies congratulate Cairns Local News

CAIRNS Local News has received well-wishing letters and messages from the Premier and other politicians for its first birthday.

By David Gardiner

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sent the following:

“On behalf of the Queensland Government, I congratulate Cairns Local News for keeping its readers informed and entertained throughout the first year of publication.

“Democracy is built on freedom of speech and of the media, which is why Cairns Local News is so important.

“This independent free weekly newspaper, launched on 18 September 2020, embraces, supports and gives a voice to the Far North Queensland community, and distributes from the Cape to Cardwell.

“It tackles the important local issues and reflects the communities through its three editorial pillars: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and contributions; women in sport, business and community; delivering local news and supporting local businesses. This commitment was recognised with accolades in five of the categories at the 2021 Queensland Country Press Association Media Excellence Awards.

“Best wishes to Cairns Local News and its readers for a happy and successful future.”

Michael Healy MP, State Member for Cairns, said:

“I am writing to congratulate Cairns Local News on their milestone with the publication of their 52nd edition.

“Starting any new business is not without its challenges but establishing a new company during a pandemic is testament to you and the Cairns Local News team’s ability to provide the community with a quality information source.

“Keep up the great work and I look forward to celebrating the next milestone with you.”

CLN has also received well wishes from Shane Knuth, the state MP whose electorate covers southern Cairns and much of the Cassowary Coast:

“As State Member for Hill, I would like to congratulate Cairns Local News on a year of reporting and recording the history of Far North Queensland.

“Local newspapers play a vital role in the community in reporting social, community and sports events and political issues.

“Papers like this help highlight the impacts on our community, farming, water infrastructure, and health system.

“Community voices, highlighted in Cairns Local News, are instrumental in getting the message across to help get government action.

“Once again, I would like to congratulate Cairns Local News on their first anniversary, and I wish them every success.”

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