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Western Sydney To Lose SIX Local Newspapers

Fairfax Media's Australian Community Media division yesterday announced the closure of six newspapers across Sydney's west and northwest as part of a restructure of their suburban publishing operations.

The proposed changes would see the Parramatta-Holroyd Sun, Blacktown Sun, St Marys-Mt Druitt Star, Penrith City Gazette, Hills News and Rouse Hill Courier cease publication while a new magazine will be rolled out in the new year.

It's reported that the proposed restructure will mean the loss of 11 full-time positions.

"We look forward to continuing to serve our north-west Sydney audience through a new publication," ACM Director John Angilley said yesterday.

"We are intensely proud of our current suburban mastheads; however we could not ignore the commercial realities of operating these titles and need to embrace a new and more commercially sustainable approach to delivering our journalism in the city's northwest into the longer term.

"Our priority in the next few weeks is to consult with our staff to ensure everyone understands the proposal and has the opportunity to provide feedback."

The new magazine will be launched in early 2018 and further details, including the publication's name and format, will be announced ahead of time.

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