Stories create community.

Here’s mine.

My name’s Peri Strathearn. I’ve lived and reported the news in South Australia’s Murraylands since 2012. I’ve been named SA’s best regional/rural journalist (SA Media Awards), and its best regional print journalist three times over (Rural Media SA).

I used to dream of being a small-town editor, but those jobs don’t exist any more – I watched them disappear in my eight years at the local newspaper. By 2019 I was the last journalist left. In 2020 the printing press stopped and I was stood down.

Our community deserves better. That’s why I started Murray Bridge News: a website and weekly email newsletter which features stories about what’s happening in the Murraylands.

As an independent news service, the decisions which guide it are made in Murray Bridge – not Adelaide or Sydney. Better still, 100 per cent of its profits remain in the community. It became one of 12 newsrooms around the world to win funding through the Substack Local program in June 2021.

Murray Bridge News is produced on Ngarrindjeri country.

Our mission

Murray Bridge News is all about:

  • Creating community by sharing local stories

  • Empowering local people to engage with community groups, events and opportunities

  • Being positive about the region and its future

  • Being local: collaborating with and advocating for local people, and being present in the community; and

  • Guaranteeing a local news service that is ethical, accessible and sustainable.


Contact Murray Bridge News

Got some feedback, a question, complaint or suggestion? Email managing editor Peri Strathearn at peri@murraybridge.news or phone 0419 827 124.

Need help with a technical problem? Click here for some FAQs or contact us.

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Frequently asked questions

Why do I have to enter my email address?

Entering your email address subscribes you to Murray Bridge News’ weekly email newsletter, free of charge. You’ll get the latest edition at lunch time every Thursday.

Why can’t I read some stories?

Most Murray Bridge News stories are free to read. The rest – the ones I spend a bit more time producing – are exclusively for paying subscribers at first. After four weeks, every story becomes free to read.

Why should I become a paying subscriber?

For one thing, it’s cheap – just $5.50 a month or $60 a year! It gives you access to extra stories each week. Most importantly, though, you’ll be supporting a local, independent business, and making sure everyone in our community has access to local information. Without shared stories, we’re just individuals passing each other in the street.

Shouldn’t news be free?

Ideally, yes – that’s why most Murray Bridge News stories are free to read. But news has never been free to produce. You’re already paying for ABC news through your taxes; and businesses pay for most other news through advertising. If readers pay my wages, I can focus on what you want.

I want to try before I buy – is that possible?

Click here for a free trial – you can cancel at any time in the first 30 days without penalty. You can also access a 33 per cent discount if you subscribe at least four people at once, like your work team or your family.


Fine print

All content on this website is copyrighted by Murray Bridge News Pty Ltd unless otherwise attributed, and cannot be reproduced without permission.

For more on our aims, values, ethics and decision-making process, see our editorial policy. For more on how we deal with suggestions, ideas, questions and complaints, see our complaints policy. To find out about the companies which power our website and subscription system, see substack.com and stripe.com.

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