WE HAVE had a huge week at The Gympie Times after moving to a Premium online model last Thursday and subsequently experiencing a phenomenal increase in the number of digital subscribers.
Council reporter Scott Kovacevic brought the Widgee community the good news of Widgee Engineering’s win against the Gympie Regional Council, and the bad news about another multi-million dollar blowout in the cost of the Rattler.
Since then, many many letters have been submitted to us on both subjects.
Cr Dan Stewart sat down and talked about the impact some of the online comments directed at him have had on him, and drew a compassionate editorial from Scott.
We have loved putting together some awesome lists of our high achieving sportsmen and women, including a list on the region’s seven rising touch footy superstars, and the seven best male soccer players in the region (we will bring you the women next week).
Stay tuned for plenty more of these great positive stories.
If you are wondering what’s open and what’s not on Monday’s public holiday, we have a full list in Saturday’s paper and it will go online over the weekend.
And if you and your family are looking for some great ideas, we have a comprehensive list of what’s happening in the Gympie this May – and there is tonnnes!
It was happy days here today – we had a little celebratory lunch at Kingston House to mark the end of a massive week and the success of our campaign for online subscriptions (thanks Kim – always fabulous).
If you’ve been trying to read our articles and haven’t yet subscribed, just click on the yellow button on our website and it will take you through the process.
If it proves a bit tricky just call 1300 361 604 and ask them to step you through it. Once you are subscribed you will be able to read everything we write without a problem. Click on the links below for more information on the packages we have available.
Under Premium, you will see more articles with a rainbow coloured Plus sign next to them.
This means the story is available to subscribers only.
But any story without a Plus sign is able to be read for free.
Nothing changes for current digital subscribers, who get to access everything under the same arrangement we have with them now.
As well as full site access, you get full access to the digital print editions of The Gympie Times, as well as our sister paper The Courier-Mail.
Our app is essential for users wanting the best experience; it allows you to sign up for the latest breaking news as well as follow topics of interest to you.
Your digital subscription gives you unlimited access to stories across the News network, including The Daily Telegraph, Herald-Sun and other News Corp sites.
Once you have activated the Courier-Mail part of your subscription, you also have access to our SuperCoach footy tipping competitions.
Reading the Courier-Mail’s commentary from immortals Darren Lockyer and Gorden Tallis, and star writers Peter Badel and Crash Craddock, will help any tipster.
The Gympie Times Unlimited is a special club. Members get access to free tickets, discounts and benefits worth hundreds of dollars a year through News Corp’s member-only +Rewards site.
Rewards include free eBooks curated by HarperCollins and Harlequin, 12-month digital magazine subscriptions to magazine titles, ticket giveaways to major sporting matches and discounted tickets.
We’re making this change because serious journalism costs money. For the good of this region we need help to keep the journalism numbers high.
We hope the change to our online model, which follows best practice around the world, will lead to an even better-informed community.
That’s because those just using their handful of free stories a month (under the old metered model) were missing out on great local stories and information.
But, of course, for access to the best journalism, you need a subscription.
So why not join the thousands of locals who have already taken up our great offers which start for as little as $3 a week for a Saturday paper delivery and full digital access.
To find out more about becoming a subscriber, or to access parts of your Gympie Times subscription, feel free to call our friendly customer service staff during normal business hours on 1300 361 604 or go to www.gympietimes. com.au/subscribe