Employees, sub-contractor in the dark as paper folds

A SMALL local business is out-of-pocket and at least six people are without work following the sudden collapse of one of Gympie's free weekly newspapers.

Independent Publishing Australia shut The Weekly Observer down last week, keeping the group's six remaining publications; Noosa Today and five weeklies in NSW.

The Weekly Observer announced on Friday that the organisation would cease publishing the Gympie newspaper.

Despite the reasons for pulling out, the organisation has been criticised for not telling employees and the company contracted to deliver the newspaper they were no longer on the payroll. An announcement on Facebook did not reach them and it took a number of phone calls to learn of the newspaper's demise.

The Observer was Mossies Letterbox Distribution's major client, delivering to the mail boxes of 7000 Gympie homes since November. The job required two extra employees and two more postie bikes.

"I'm disappointed there was no courtesy of a phone call to say we were no longer needed when we'd invested money and busted our butts," owner Stephanie McSkimming said.

The Facebook post said advertising revenue had been poor, rendering the venture financially unviable. The editor has remained in the organisation as editor of another paper and Noosa Real Estate Lifestyle.

Gympie Times


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