Tracey McKean General Manager at the Gympie Times and all round excellent person.
Tracey McKean General Manager at the Gympie Times and all round excellent person.

Heartfelt farewell from Gympie Times GM

IT IS with much sadness that I put together some words for the final printed copy of The Gympie Times - my team and I, along with a lot of the community, have heavy hearts today. The loss will have a far-reaching effect and it is certainly a sad sign of the times.

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We will miss the smell of the ink and the feel of turning each page to find out what is happening in our region.

I would like to take this opportunity to firstly thank you our loyal readers.

Gympie Times G150 Genaeral Manager Tracey McKean, Jim Saunders and Editor Shelley Strachan.
Gympie Times G150 Genaeral Manager Tracey McKean, Jim Saunders and Editor Shelley Strachan.

Words can't express how much gratitude we have for every one of you who, over the years, have had the paper home delivered, bought one from a local store and have subscribed to our online news.

Also, a huge thanks to our local businesses who have put their trust in their local newspaper to promote their products and services via advertising in our print editions and on our website. Thank you to our retail outlets - from newsagents to convenience stores - who have been there of a morning when locals call in to pick up their daily newspaper.

Renee King, Frances Klein, Rowena Robertson, Arthur Gorrie and Tracey McKean at The Gympie Times with the historic Albion Press.
Renee King, Frances Klein, Rowena Robertson, Arthur Gorrie and Tracey McKean at The Gympie Times with the historic Albion Press.

I would like to recognise our contributors who have shared stories from outlying areas, rural news, our history plus weekly cartoons depicting the best or worst of what was topical.

Thank you to the community groups including charities, sporting clubs and many others that shared their news and kept the region informed and entertained.

Gympie Advertising Manager Tracey McKean in 2009
Gympie Advertising Manager Tracey McKean in 2009

On May 28, we received the shocking news that our printed product would no longer exist after today, Saturday June 27, 2020.

Gympie Times Ladies Day race day - Tracey Mckean of The Gympie times presented the Gympie Times Spring Cup 2019 to winning owner/trainer Lindsay Anderson
Gympie Times Ladies Day race day - Tracey Mckean of The Gympie times presented the Gympie Times Spring Cup 2019 to winning owner/trainer Lindsay Anderson

As part of that announcement many employees from regional publications across Queensland and New South Wales were made redundant, heartbreakingly quite a few of them were from our Gympie Times office.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them for their hard work and loyal service to The Gympie Times - together they have spent a total of 233 years working at The Gympie Times. We really are like family.

Renee King and Tracey McKean at The Gympie Times
Renee King and Tracey McKean at The Gympie Times

As my 34 years at The Gympie Times have come to an end, I am very proud to say that this newspaper was kicking goals and often showed a lot of the bigger publications how it was done.

I would like to recognise and thank all current and former employees I have had the pleasure to work with.

The Gympie Times staff with Tuesday's front page fightinb back against the encroaching culture of secrecy in government. Pictured (back from left) Sharon turner, Caroline Vielle, Renee King, Frances Klein, Josh Preston, Arthur Gorrie, Scott Kovacevic, (front) Tracey Gyde, Rebecca Singh, Rowena Robertson, Shelley Strachan and Tracey McKean.
The Gympie Times staff with Tuesday's front page fightinb back against the encroaching culture of secrecy in government. Pictured (back from left) Sharon turner, Caroline Vielle, Renee King, Frances Klein, Josh Preston, Arthur Gorrie, Scott Kovacevic, (front) Tracey Gyde, Rebecca Singh, Rowena Robertson, Shelley Strachan and Tracey McKean.

Going forward I would like to extend my best wishes to the remaining editorial staff who will work from their home to bring you Gympie's news via our digital website.

This team will carry on the name and continue to provide the latest Gympie news as it happens.

by Tracey McKean, general manager The Gympie Times

Tracey McKean, Rowena Robertson and Arthur Gorrie at The Gympie Times
Tracey McKean, Rowena Robertson and Arthur Gorrie at The Gympie Times
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