LAST week marked the start of a new financial year and the start of a new era for the Harden Murrumburrah Express. Your local newspaper is now under new ownership following the sale earlier this year from Nine to a private consortium led by Antony Catalano.
Staff from dozens of sites around the ACM network, which stretches into every state and territory, joined a live video hook-up last Thursday to hear Mr Catalano answer their questions.
The independent and privately owned Australian Community Media (ACM) was "a hugely important asset in the Australian media landscape", new co-owner Antony Catalano has told staff.
"My aim is to make us the biggest and best regional group in the country and that means we have to expand not shrink," Mr Catalano said.
"No one is going to cover those local areas like we do, so we've got to be relevant, we've got to be best and we've got to achieve those targets so we can continue to be in an even richer world of journalism, and I think we can do it."
But the rapid change in the newspaper's ownership over the past year - from Fairfax to Nine to our new owners - reflects the rapid change we have seen across the media industry in the past few years.
The rise of the internet and a growing appetite to read news online has resulted in a seismic shift in the way we present our stories, providing traditional print journalists with opportunities - and challenges - we could not have imagined when we entered the industry.
Gone are the days when a journalist operated with only a pad and a pen. These days, mobile phones and laptops are part of our armoury.
All our journalists are constantly learning new skills and expanding the way we tell stories, all to improve the experience for our readers.
But it costs money to do what we do, and as newspaper sales continued to fall as our online readership grew, there inevitably came a time when we had to ask our online readers to pay. Many in Harden Murrumburrah and beyond have done just that, and we are very grateful. Harden stories matter to Harden people and it's a privilege to bring them to you. With our readers' support, the Harden Murrumburrah Express has been around for over 70 years and will be around for a long, long time yet.
Our owners might change, but our commitment to Harden Murrumburrah remains the same.