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 newspaper editor, but those jobs don’t exist any more – I watched them disappear in my eight years at the local paper. By 2019 I was the last journalist left. In 2020 the printing press stopped and I was stood down.

I believe 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, family-owned 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.

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

Why subscribe to Murray Bridge News?

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.

If you choose to become a paying subscriber – for just $5.50 a month or $60 a year – you’ll get access to a few extra stories each week. More importantly, though, you’ll be supporting a local, and helping everyone in our community get access to reliable information.

Shouldn’t news be free, though? Ideally, yes. That’s why most Murray Bridge News stories are free to read, and why subscriber-only stories become free to read four weeks after they are published. But unlike other news services, Murray Bridge News doesn’t rely on advertising or taxpayer funding. Readers pay my wages, which means I can focus on telling the stories you want told.

Not sure if you want to commit yet? 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.

Contact Murray Bridge News

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

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Fine print

Murray Bridge News is produced on Ngarrindjeri country.

It is owned by local residents Peri and Keren Strathearn. Its funding comes from reader subscriptions and – for 2021-22 – US-based web platform Substack.

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 and

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