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CNAV papers continue to support local communities

It is with sadness we witness the closure of so many local newspapers across the country today, however it is not the end of local news.

The Community Newspaper Association of Victoria (CNAV) is the peak body for community-based print journalism in Victoria.

President of CNAV, Mary Farrow said, “it is sad that so many good journalists are set to lose their jobs.

“There is a place for local news in Australia, and these stories must continue to be told.

“From Moonambel to Mallacoota, our members have been reporting on local issues that are important to our communities across Victoria, some for over 100 years.  

“We are still here, and we will continue to tell the stories of our towns into the future”.

“Our not-for-profit newsrooms have been at the forefront of hyper-local news, producing quality journalism that comes from the community, for the community”.

The community newspaper sector is a training ground for young journalists, and an outlet for writers, photographers, cartoonists and columnists.

The community sector, while fuelled by volunteers, also creates hundreds of jobs across the state, employing editors, graphic designers, journalists, photographers, administrators and printers.

Community newspapers also provide a way for local businesses to connect with their communities through advertising.

“The COVID19 pandemic has affected us all, but community newspapers have shown resilience and a ‘can-do’ attitude that will see them continue to be an important part of their communities for years to come,” Ms Farrow said.

If you would like to connect with your local CNAV member newspaper, visit

For more information or interview requests contact:

Sandra Miller

0429 121 969


12 October 2019, 4.15 pm
The York on Lilydale

  1. To receive the President’s report
  2. To consider and receive the financial statements
  3. Election of ordinary members of the committee of management

Nominations of financial members are invited for election to the Committee (click here for nominiation form).

In accordance with the Constitution, members with voting rights who are unable to attend the meeting may appoint a proxy (click here for form).

Anne Brackley  (Secretary)


  1. Minutes of the annual general meeting held on 13 October 2018 were approved as true and correct by the committee of management at its meeting on 15 December 2018 in accordance with CNAV’s constitution.  A copy of the minutes is available upon written request to the secretary
  2. As the CNAV member is the community newspaper, only one proxy is permitted for each community newspaper.  Representatives of community newspapers may nominate more than one person to be a committee of management member

2019 Conference

Saturday 12 October 2019

CNAV’s 2019 conference venue will be The York on Lilydale.

The date is 12th October 2019, which is the 2nd Saturday of October.

See the Conferences page for more info.

2018 Conference

13 October 2018

CNAV’s 2018 conference venue has been decided – RACV Goldfields Resort near Creswick.

The date is 13th October 2018, which is the 2nd Saturday of October.

See the Conferences page for more info.

2017 Conference

14 October 2017

CNAV’s 2017 conference was held at Traralgon on Saturday, 14 October

See the Conferences page for more info, including photos of the day.

2016 Conference

CNAV’s 2016 conference was held at Bendigo on Saturday, 8 October

See the Conferences page for more details.