History of CNAV

CNAV was established on 16 July 2005 following a Victorian Small Rural Communities Health Conference at Omeo in late 2003.

It is open to any community newspaper in Victoria.  A community newspaper is defined as ‘one that is owned by its community’.  Community newspapers have a very strong culture of volunteerism.

Associate membership is available to interstate and overseas community newspapers, natural persons, State and Commonwealth government departments, local government, business or community group having an interest in the area served by CNAV.


Community newspapers are the voice of the community

Mission statement

We will actively work with our members to enhance the capacity and standing of community newspapers to enable them to fully realise their role in their communities


  1. To develop an active network that will support the development and continuation of community newspapers in local communities.
  2. To raise the profile of community newspapers with all levels of government.
  3. To foster co-operation between community newspapers.
  4. To hold an annual conference and awards night.

Committee of Management

Jens Kristian Toft Hansen

Jens Kristian Toft Hansen


(Ferntree Gully News)
Mick O'Mara

Mick O'Mara

Committee Member

(Winchelsea Star)
Caroline Roff

Caroline Roff


(Koo Wee Rup Blackfish)
Mary Farrow

Mary Farrow

Committee Member

(Emerald Messenger)
Anne Brackley

Anne Brackley


(SpringDale Messenger)

Helen Smith

Helen Smith


(Village Bell)
Sandra Miller

Sandra Miller

Web Marketing

(Warrandyte Diary)


Committee Member


History of Committee members

Aborete, Terefe 2007
Allen, Daniel (Around Altona) 2008-2009
Beales, Jenny (Mountain Monthly) 2006-2007
Billings, Graeme  2006
Bolmat, Michelle  (Mountain Monthly) 2005-2006
Boudourian, Thea (Ferntree Gully News) 2013-2015
Bourke OAM, Mick (Traf News) 2005–2008, 2013-2018 (President 2005-2008)
Brackley, Anne (SpringDale Messenger) 2016-ongoing (Secretary 2016)
Bradfield, Karen (Churchill & District News) 2008-2009
Burgoyne, Sandy  (Warrandyte Diary) 2006–2008
Campbell, Berni (Bridge Connect) 2008-2009
Cook, Marina (Upper Gully News) 2013–2014
Croucher, Tim (Tallangatta Herald) 2013-2016
Downie, Alexia (New Woodend Star) 2015-2018 (Vice President 2016)
Ellis, John 2008 (Chewton Chat) co-opted, 2009, 2011–2018 (President 2013–2016)
Farrow, Mary (Emerald Messenger) 2018-ongoing
Fortuna, Mary Jo (Waranga News) 2005–2013 (President 2009–2011, 2012-2013, Vice President 2011-2012, Secretary 2006–2007, 2008-2009)
Hart, Elizabeth (Associate Member) 2007–2012 (President 2008-2009, 2011–2012, Vice President 2007–2008, Secretary 2009-2011)
Hawkins, Vanessa (Goonong Guide)2012–2013
Huggins, Tim (Mountain Monthly) 2008-2010
Holschier, Bob (About Town) 2005–2006 (Vice President 2005–2006)
Jacapino, Lois (Traf News)  2007-2008 (Secretary 2007–2008)
Miller, Sandra (Warrandyte Diary) 2018- ongoing
Mortimore, John (Boronia The Basin Community News) 2006-2007
Mynard, Jim (Associate Member) co-opted 2012
O’Mara, Mick (Winchelsea Star) 2017-ongoing
Osman, Khalid (The Ambassador) 2006
Oshlack, Ian (Guilford Globe) 2012–2014
Roff, Caroline (Koo Wee Rup BlackFish) 2010–ongoing (Secretary 2011–2015, Treasurer 2016-)
Smith, Helen (Village Bell) 2005–ongoing (Treasurer 2005–2015)
Toft-Hansen, Jens Kristian (Ferntree Gully News) 2013–ongoing (Vice President 2013-2016) (President 2017-)
Villagonzalo, Walter (Heathdale Chatter) 2005-2006
Vondra, Jo (Lorne Independent) 2006–2012 (Vice President 2008-2012)
Walters, Anne (Heathdale Chatter) 2005–2006 (Secretary 2005–2006)
Wood, Georgina (Goonong Guide) co-opted 2013

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