CHRISTMAS is a time for joy and we really do need something to be cheerful about after 2020 delivered some huge challenges to us all.
Through all this adversity one thing has shone through and that is the importance of looking out for others and the connectedness of community.
Yes, there were some ugly scenes and empty shelves but there was also kindness. Like many small businesses, Compton Media and Adelphi which print the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News as well as the Dooral Round Up and the Galston and Glenorie Community News, have faced some major challenges during the COVID crisis.
We are a local family-run business which has had to balance staff, costs and community needs.
Job-keeper, job seeker, COVID cash boosters and grants have certainly helped many businesses like ours stay afloat but we owe the fact we can continue to publish to our amazing advertisers. Their continued support has helped us to carry on providing our community with free local news, picked to inform and inspire us all.
Please continue to support our advertisers with your patronage – supporting them helps us to continue our work in providing a free news outlet for the many groups and organisations who are dedicated to making a difference in our community.
Our small dedicated team is made up of locals who are passionate about providing free community news across all our platforms, digital and print.
As well as our writers and advertising consultants we have, delivery team who ensure that our printed issues get out every fortnight, and a digital team who ensure our website, Facebook and Instagram pages have content that’s interesting and relevant.
On behalf of the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News team I would like to thank our readers for your positive feedback during the year.
We welcome your comments and submissions. Please email [email protected] hillstohawkesbury.com.au.
This is our last issue for 2020. The Hills to Hawkesbury Community News will return on January 15 2021 with hopes for a brighter year for all of us.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
DIANA PATON | PUBLISHER Mother-of-three | Community volunteer
Our joyful cover photo features young Gulliver Grant, 4, and his brother Rafferty aged 2 having fun in Glenorie.