Thank you and farewell

After six years of deadlines and hard work, Alan and Melissa Richardson are taking a break from media.

After six years of deadlines and hard work, Alan and Melissa Richardson are taking a break from the newspaper scene to spend more time with family.

After almost 300 editions and countless late night deadlines, it is with great sadness that I announce the closure of Pilbara Echo newspaper effective today. Our online site and back editions will remain online . As a small family owned local business, the Echo has never had the backing of ‘the big guys’ and has been entirely self funded and independent. Without support from advertisers like you, the Echo would never existed. Thank you for six exciting years. I’m proud to see how far Karratha has come. We’ve won awards, employed local trainees and shed a positive light on our beautiful region. We have sponsored clubs and events from junior sport through to major events like FeNaClNG and the Apex Garden Party and Australia Day Fireworks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our kind supporters, in particular the Shire of Roebourne who have been supportive of us since day one. There are many more small business like the Echo in Karratha who are struggling to make ends meet, pay their ever increasing rents and salaries and we urge you all to support local business in every way possible. Our resources are limited, we can only provide a service if we have support from the entire community. Without small businesses like the Echo, Karratha will never become the ‘City of the North’ we hope it will become.  Slanderous sites encouraging not to shop locally are only making life harder for the struggling businesses in the Pilbara and ultimately there will be no ‘city’ left. Our sister company Snap Pilbara will continue to operate for all your Printing, Design and Website requirements. Discount cards will be sent out to all local businesses in the coming days.

Pilbara 2050 report – the challenges we face are immense. Take a look here.

For now, farewell from the entire Pilbara Echo family, we hope to see you around town.

Regards, Alan & Melissa Richardson 10 April 2014

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