The Cobar Weekly celebrates 30 years

The Cobar Weekly, Cobar’s own independent community newspaper, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this week.

The first edition of The Cobar Weekly was produced on February 6, 1986 and 30 years later “the little paper” is still providing locals with all the latest news, sport and photos of local happenings.

Without the commitment of its staff (many of whom were volunteers in the early days) along with the dedicated committee members who ensured the paper would continue, The Cobar Weekly would not be where it is today, a thriving local business.

The newspaper’s current staff and committee are planning to celebrate the 30 years milestone with a small party and a commemorative 30 years special edition.

Managing editor Sharon Harland, who has worked at the paper for almost 15 years, said she is excited about the birthday celebrations.

“We are really pleased to be able to welcome back some of the founders of the paper, Pauline Hunter and Bill and Anne Barwood.

“Also helping us to celebrate this week are a number of former staff including the paper’s first staff member Angela Fryer,” Mrs Harland said.

She said they are planning a very special 30th birthday commemorative edition which will be out next Wednesday with the story of how it all began 30 years ago and of course lots of old photos.

“It’s looking like it will be a bumper edition because we’ll also be running two birthday competitions with $30 worth of Cobar Quids for prizes.”