New newspaper for the region

THE Lockyer Valley can look forward to a new newspaper to service the region by the end of this month with the launch of the the Laidley Plainland Leader.

After surveying businesses in the former Laidley Shire, General Manager of the Star, Bruce Horrocks, said there was a definite need for a new product to service a specific area of growth from Laidley to Plainland and more townships in the footprint.

“We look forward to giving this fast-growing area in our region its own newspaper,” he said.

“It will be more niche news for Laidley, Plainland and other towns in the region around it, with more localised news content.

“At last the region has a voice of its own as requested by the community.”

The launch of the Laidley Plainland Leader on March 25 will service the growing region and benefit the community in a myriad of ways.

The monthly publication will be letterbox dropped to more than 6500 residences and businesses and will come out the last Friday of every month, except on Friday, December 4.

There will also be 500 extra copies sent to newsagents, service stations and other retailers in the region.

The population of the Laidley township has nearly doubled since 1991, according to the Office of Economic and Statistical Research, following data collated in August last year.

The heavy growth rate in this area has heavily impacted two of the region's major centres, Laidley and Plainland, growing by an amazing 80 per cent and reaching a population of nearly 16,000.

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