Featured / Business / Community / 10th August 2023
Coona Times looks for next owner
In a decision that has taken many people by surprise, long-time owners of the Coonabarabran Times, Lynne and Max Estens, have announced the newspaper is up for sale.
The Estens family has been an integral part of the weekly publication for over 45 years, with Max commencing an apprenticeship as a compositor with the masthead in 1978, with wife, Lynne, joining the newsroom 20 years later.
The decision to place the business on the market has been a difficult choice for the local couple, however, sadly health concerns have forced their hand earlier than they had anticipated.
The Coonabarabran Times holds a special place in the hearts of the local community, providing timely and accurate news coverage for the region since its inception almost 100 years ago.
Through the newspaper, Lynne and Max have helped foster a strong sense of community by reporting on local news, events, and human-interest stories.
“Max and I have poured our hearts and souls into the Coonabarabran Times,” Lynne said.
“It’s been an incredible journey, but we feel the time is right to pass on the torch to someone who can carry on the legacy and bring fresh perspectives to the publication.”
The couple’s dedication to regional media has not gone unnoticed, securing a prestigious award win at the NSW Country Press Conference as recently as last year.
Under their leadership, the paper has evolved to embrace digital platforms while retaining its print presence, ensuring that readers of all generations can access local news.
Like all small towns, the sale has sparked curiosity about who might step forward to take the reins of this local institution, as well as wattle magazine and the commercial print operation.
The Estens family is actively seeking individuals or groups who are committed to upholding the newspaper’s values and maintaining its role as a vitalsourceofinformation and connection for the Warrumbungle Shire.
As the Estens prepare for their next chapter, the Coonabarabran community remains grateful for their dedication and contributions.
“We have had the privilege of being a part of this incredible community’s journey for so many years,” Lynne said.
“The support we’ve received from our readers, advertisers, and fellow community members has been nothing short of remarkable.
“While it will be bitter-sweet to step away, we are excited to see what the future holds for the paper.
“But, until then, it’s still business as usual at the Coonabarabran Times.”