Wodonga Council drops publication of its newspaper from 11 to four times a year as it focuses online

RATEPAYERS will save $56,000 after Wodonga Council opted to no longer print a monthly edition of its newsletter CityLife.

Changing ways: Wodonga Council will cutback on the print editions of its newsletter from 11 to four per year after a review of its delivery methods.

Changing ways: Wodonga Council will cutback on the print editions of its newsletter from 11 to four per year after a review of its delivery methods.

The council this week voted 5-2 to issue CityLife quarterly instead of monthly.

Those opposed, Ron Mildren and Tim Quilty, argued the print version of CityLife should end altogether with existing electronic editions being its sole medium.

Council had been spending $84,000 annually on the hard copy, with costs of $44,000 for distribution via Australia Post and $40,000 for a print run of 21,000 by a Shepparton company.

Under the new arrangement it will cost $28,000 for four editions instead of 11 with the outlay divided equally between distribution and publication.

Mayor Anna Speedie said there was still a place for a printed CityLife.

“Removing it completely, at this point, for me was not optional, because we know we have a huge portion of people...who actually enjoy receiving information in this format,” Cr Speedie said.

Post decision: Wodonga Council's newsletter will only fill letterboxes four times a year after a cutback to its publication times.

Post decision: Wodonga Council's newsletter will only fill letterboxes four times a year after a cutback to its publication times.

Cr Libby Hall believes there are “a lot of people” who still read the print CityLife.

“I know my husband does, he looks forward to it being delivered to the letter box,” Cr Hall said.

“He said he’d like better content in it though, I’ll work on that one.”

  The last monthly CityLife will be the June edition with the first quarterly version to hit letter boxes in September.

Another review will be done in 12 months.