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Metro papers rise in price

Saturday, 22nd September, 2018

Donna and Tony Lines, owners of the Westside Newsagency, whose business recently relocated to the Broken Hill Village. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Donna and Tony Lines, owners of the Westside Newsagency, whose business recently relocated to the Broken Hill Village. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Metropolitan newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald and the Herald Sun have increased in price significantly and Westside Newsagency owners Tony and Donna Lines share why. 

The Herald Sun is the most popular interstate newspaper with Broken Hill locals. Donna said local readers enjoy the AFL coverage and the racing section.

Tony said the reason for the increased price is simply the freight charges.

There was a point in time when it was so expensive to purchase and have the papers delivered, that the Westside Newsagency had no choice but to stop buying them.

To keep customers happy, they then began purchasing them from a newsagency in Mildura, who supply and freight them at a much cheaper rate.

They also get the papers the same day rather than receiving them a day late, as they did when they were delivered by the Herald Sun.

Both the Sydney Morning Herald and the Herald Sun are currently sitting at just over $5 each, after an increase of about two dollars in recent months. 

Westside Newsagency made the move to the Broken Hill Village earlier this year on August 1.

Donna said their transition into the new store had “been really good”.

“We’ve had a lot of support from locals and regular customers.

“After 20 years, people still come back to us and that feels good.”

They are now a Cignall tobacconist and are expanding their homewares stock.

A grand opening is in the works for the upcoming weeks - the pair want to make sure the store is perfect before the occasion.

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