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Friday, 10th April, 2020

BDT deliverer Mark Hille, wearing rubber gloves as a safety precaution, rolls a few papers to get his eye in for a big Barrier Truth Good Friday edition. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt BDT deliverer Mark Hille, wearing rubber gloves as a safety precaution, rolls a few papers to get his eye in for a big Barrier Truth Good Friday edition. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Michael Murphy

Barrier Truth is back in a weekly format thanks to the wonderful efforts of one man in particular, Robert Williamson.

The former Zinc Mine electrical apprentice, who is now Toll Resources Chief Operating Officer, jumped on the phone with the BDT as soon as he heard the news the city’s paper had suspended printing operations.

Robert has been busy behind the scenes developing a business plan and raising advertising support to help the newspaper cover costs to print a weekly addition. 

And his contacts have answered his call, particularly the mining sector.

“We are just so grateful for all the work Robert has put into this project,” BDT’s Acting Manager Gavin Schmidt said last night.

“The response has been enormous. Robert has been calling me day and night, pulling information together for a business plan to help get advertisers on board - it’s been a godsend.

“Please take time to soak in all the support the BDT has received in advertising for this edition - it’s truly outstanding.”  

Barrier Truth staff have volunteered their time to get the paper out, while advertising and subscriptions will help cover costs such as ink, paper and insurance.

The newspaper’s workers, like many others in the Silver City, are hopeful of receiving the federal government’s JobKeeper allowance.

“We are all counting our blessings that the Federal government, with support from the opposition, has acted so decisively and compassionately to support displaced workers,” Mr Schmidt said.

Mr Schmidt also paid tribute to other influential “quiet achievers” in newspaper industry, who have advocated for the resurrection of the Barrier Truth in recent weeks.

“At the end of the day, it’s all been about our readers, our subscribers, the people that have bought the paper day in day out for decades,” Mr Schmidt said.

“Your support is greatly appreciated - we hope you enjoy our Good Friday edition.”

Barrier Truth will continue to publish a Saturday edition, providing costs can be covered.

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