A new online era: More for you every day of the week

WE HAVE been telling the stories of Roma and the surrounding Maranoa region for 144 years, bringing local news and information to your front door.

Today, we enter a new era.

One where we renew our commitment to bring you stories about people you know, to expose wrongdoing and hold decision makers accountable, to help grow your connection with your community, and to document our town's history.

The Western Star is changing so that we can keep you better informed every day of the week at www.westernstarnews.com.au

Atouchmore and jockey Brooke Richardson gallop to triumph at the 2019 Roma Cup, followed byScott Sweedman riding on Oh Why and Zoe White on Eschieleridden.
Atouchmore and jockey Brooke Richardson gallop to triumph at the 2019 Roma Cup, followed byScott Sweedman riding on Oh Why and Zoe White on Eschieleridden. Jorja McDonnell

But we need your support.

Today we have launched a Premium online subscription model to the best local journalism, as well as state and national news. 

Your subscription will help to fund stories like Small Maranoa business signs $1 million deal with gas giant, Councillor launches bid to bring 'new leadership' to council, Mitchell on track to securing future water supplies, and rolling multi-platform coverage of major events like Muckadilla Pub burns to the ground in inferno and Cities victorious in Grand Final showdown.

Without you, many of them would never be told.

We take our responsibility to you seriously.

From today, for the introductory price of just $3 a week, you will get access to all local news, state news and a national news feed. You get to read everything happening in Roma and across the southwest, and the wider region including Toowoomba, as well as the best in state and national news, business and sport from our sister titles The Courier Mail and The Daily Telegraph, and much more.

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You will still have free online access to vital information such as severe weather warnings, road closures, missing person reports and other issues where public safety may be at risk. Classifieds and real estate listings online will also be free to access.

A small number of readers have noticed over the last few months that some of our stories have been behind a paywall at our nearby sister daily papers while we've trialled the technology. So if you are already a subscriber of the Toowoomba Chronicle, you simply need to log in to www.westernstarnews.com.au and you're away.

SADDLE UP: Chantel Huddy will compete in the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals this weekend in hopes to being named Australian champion for 2019. 

Picture: Kerry Brisbane
SADDLE UP: Chantel Huddy will compete in the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals this weekend in hopes to being named Australian champion for 2019. Picture: Kerry Brisbane

While regional print readership has remained steady over the last four years, digital audiences have grown significantly, doubling in fact, to 1.6 million per month.

We've had boots on the ground in the Maranoa for 144 years, bringing you news and information. 

Who else does that in our town? We look forward to your support.

Please note, this does not affect your print product, which will continue to come out every Tuesday and Friday and the cover price remains $1.70. 

As part of our evolving change, we also now have a morning newsletter, where the most up-to-date news is delivered to your inbox in the morning. You can sign up to the newsletter here.

SUBSCRIBE HERE: www.westernstarnews.com.au/halfprice 

Jordan Philp

Editor