In recent months we have seen more than 150 regional and community newspapers cease printing. This is on top of the 106 local and regional papers that closed over the previous decade.
Many of those papers are more than a century old. Many may never reopen.
It shouldn't be this way. The stories of regional and rural Australia are important: our stories matter.
In regional Australia, the local paper is the heartbeat of the community. It provides local news that the big cities can't and/or won't provide. It is often also a focal point for community connection, cohesion and education.
In a year which has seen bushfires consume much of our nation and a pandemic threaten into even the most remote corners of Australia, strong, independent and trusted sources of local news are even more important.
This is especially the case when the ABC is also facing more cuts to its network of bureau around Australia.
We need to convince politicians and policy-makers that regional newspapers are worth supporting.
Please take a stand for regional and community media by contacting your federal MP, the leader of the National Party and the Communications Minister asking them to stand up for the communities they serve.