Our History

 
Glasshouse Country & Maleny News was established in May 1986 as a sister paper to the then 'Maleny News'. At that time the newspaper (called Glasshouse Country News) was printed on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

With the Glasshouse Country region's rapid growth and development, along with the increasing amount of activities that were happening locally, the newspaper eventually becoming a weekly publication producing 48 editions per year (with a break over Easter and Christmas).


Over the years the format has had some major changes in look and feel but otherwise the underlying approach is still the same. Glasshouse Country & Maleny News is a local newspaper that focuses on the lives, events and activities of the local community.

Originally, the distribution area covered from Beerburrum to Landsborough and in more recent times the circulation has expanded to incorporate the townships of Mooloolah, Glenview and Palmview.  
 
As the entire focus of the newspaper is on the local Glasshouse Country and Maleny hinterland regions, it has the most in-depth coverage of local stories and issues and, as a result, is the most widely read paper by the local community.


In 2010 this website was created and we started putting a digital version of the newspaper on-line each week. As we continued to deliver the newspaper to households throughout the area the digital editions were mostly read by former locals who had moved away from the area who wanted to keep in touch with the news, or people from outside the area who were planning to relocate to the area.

In early-2014, GC&M News started to bulk-drop newspapers into a few key locations in Maleny for residents in that area to more easily collect the newspaper, with bulk-drop numbers growing from 300 to over 800.

 

Then in September 2014 - in response to overwhelming community requests - GCNews expanded to be letterbox delivered to over 1700 houses in and around Maleny, with further expansion into Montville and Mapleton happening in 2016.

 

In recognition of the greater role the paper now had in an expanded community of interest, the 'Maleny News' name was resurrected and the family was re-united with the publication being rebranded as 'Glasshouse Country and Maleny News'.

 

By 2015 we were the largest weekly newspaper with the highest residential delivery in the southern Sunshine Coast hinterland.

However, in April 2020 with the local business communities feeling the dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Glasshouse Country & Maleny News decided to temporarily transition to being an on-line only publication.

We look forward to continuing to connect the communities of Glasshouse Country & the Blackall Range into the future.

 
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