Published Day: Wednesday
Circulation (Paid): 2300
Cover Price: $1.40 GST Inc.
Address: 54 East Terrace, Loxton
Postal Address: PO Box 352, Loxton, SA 5333
Phone Number: (08) 8584 7271
Fax Number: (08) 8584 7547
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A consistent award winner in SA Country Press Association annual judging,
The Loxton News is published at Loxton, the business centre for both the largest irrigation area in the Riverland region of South Australia and also the Northern Mallee farming district.
Citrus, grapes, almonds, olives, stone fruits, vegetables, cereals, sheep, wool and cattle are products of the Loxton district, as is wine, fruit juice, olive oil and dried fruit.
Located on the River Murray, 250km north east of Adelaide, Loxton is the administrative centre of the Loxton Waikerie Council.
The Loxton News is part of the Taylor owned Murray Pioneer Group, with associated newspapers in SA’s Riverland at Renmark (The Murray Pioneer), Waikerie (The River News), Gawler (The Bunyip), Pinnaroo (The Border Times) and Burra (The Mid North Broadcaster).
LOXTON’S FIRST newspaper was The Loxton Clarion. It was first published in July, 1925, but ceased publication after just three years – a victim of the depression.
A monthly newsletter, published by the Loxton District War Memorial Community Centre Committee, was started in the 1950s. Issues usually comprised 12 pages and each contained a variety of local news and information. The final copy of the newsletter on file was published in February, 1960.
Soon after, on April 28, 1960, the first edition of The Loxton News was published, proclaiming on the masthead that it incorporated The Loxton Community Newsletter.
Published by J.C. (Jack) Irving, who owned a printing business in Berri, The Loxton News was distributed in Loxton and surrounding areas, south of the River Murray. Late in 1964 the newspaper was sold to The Murray Pioneer and relocated from Berri to the East Terrace premises it still occupies in Loxton.
At that time Denis Hann joined the family company and took over as editor when ‘Johnny’ Gurr became the ABC regional journalist with 5MV. He retired as editor in 2002, after nearly 35 years in that role, with Paul Mitchell succeeding him. Tess Fisher took over the post in September, 2006, and she was followed by Pat Koopman in March, 2008. Emma Walter has been the editor since June, 2010.
From late 1964 until the early 1980s the newspaper was printed at its East Terrace premises. Technological change saw newspapers adopt electronic typesetting and make-up in place of the hot metal process and while The Loxton News is still compiled at its Loxton premises it is now printed at The Murray Pioneer in Renmark.
The Loxton News building has undergone some external changes since it was built in the 1920s, but substantial alterations have been made to modernise the interior.
Published weekly, on Wednesdays, The Loxton News has a circulation of 2400 copies, with that figure increasing steadily in line with the gradual growth of the town’s population.
The Loxton News has won 24 awards in the annual Country Press SA Inc. competition, with 15 of those for the best newspaper in its circulation category (the first in 1963 and the latest in 2010) and the remainder for excellence in journalism, graphic design, advertising features and outstanding community involvement. The spread of those awards throughout its 50 year history indicates a continuing high standard by staff members.
The Loxton News has always been a strong and vocal advocate for the community it serves, with one example being its support for the Loxton Hospital board’s determined efforts to fight a State Government move to reduce the services provided by the hospital. The newspaper’s campaign, supporting the hospital board and the community, played a major role in achieving a satisfactory outcome.
The Loxton News circulates through the southern Riverland and northern Mallee where cereal growing, livestock and irrigated horticulture are the major primary industries.
Establishment of a major war service irrigation development in 1948 brought new families to Loxton, beginning another phase in the district’s history.
Sport plays an important role in community life at Loxton and The Loxton News has recorded the achievements of local stars, including Olympians Sophie Edington (swimming) and Grant Schubert (hockey), Magarey Medallists Russell Ebert and Grantley Fielke, and Crows star Tony Modra who are among the champions to emerge from junior sports ranks at Loxton.