New appointments usher period of change
CRAIG Warhurst has been appointed as The Gympie Times' editor, following the retirement of Neville McHarg this week after 46 years on the staff.
Shelley Strachan is the new deputy editor/chief of staff.
General manager Peter Read said yesterday both journalists had been on The Gympie Times staff for many years, knew the area well and had a passion for the paper and the region.
"They will ensure that the paper continues to be hyper-local, champions local causes and increases our community connection," Mr Read said.
"Local clubs and organisations should make contact with Craig or Shelley to discuss options for developing a closer relationship with both The Gympie Times and the Cooloola Advertiser," he said.
Craig grew up in Gympie and is a well-known local identity and hockey enthusiast. He was chief photographer for The Gympie Times for about a decade before becoming chief of staff.
Shelley started with The Gympie Times in the late 1980s before relocating to Brisbane as a sub-editor with Quest Newspapers and then eventually returning to Gympie. After taking time off to have her family and then work as a remote sub-editor for APN, Shelley returned to The Gympie Times as a senior journalist about 12 months ago.
Photographer for the past six years, Renee Pilcher started 12 months maternity leave yesterday and has been replaced by freelance photographer/journalist, Tanya Easterby.
"Later this month, a State-level swimmer, Drew Timbs, will also join The Gympie Times as a cadet reporter, boosting our sporting coverage," Mr Read said.
"Late next month The Gympie Times will also move to the former ambulance centre building, at 44 Nash St. This building is being extensively renovated to meet the paper's needs and the existing Mary St complex had been sold to a local investor, making this a very exciting period for the paper," he said.
Mr Read said APN's investment was an indication of the company's confidence in the Gympie market.