The Skipton Community News (SCN) was first established in 1977.
The number of each edition is shown on the masthead each week.
It is displayed as (example) 40:35. 40 being the year and 35 being the number of the edition for the year.
There have been three previous editors in control of the SCN since its inception.
The fourth and current editor, Kathy Sproules has been managing the newsletter since October 1993.
There are currently 500 newsletters each week printed. They are distributed to every household within the postcode of 3361- free of charge. It has been as high as 600 a few years ago, however as the population tends to fluctuate a steady number of 500 seems the most suitable.
Copies are also distributed to the shires of Corangamite, the Golden Plains and the Pryrenees. Also to our local politicians who don't mind paying the postage for this service. A copy is also sent to the State Library of Victoria, the Skipton Historical Society and other historical socities of interest.
A further 170 copies are distributed throughout other outlets such as the roadhouse, schools, hospitals and into the communities of Linton, Streatham etc.
As a small town newsletter it certainly has a wide distrubution base.
One of the major topics the SCN ever covered was the proposal of a toxic waste dump in Pittong. That caused quite a stir amongst the residents within the area and because of the public backlash the proposal was defeated. The
SCN was instrumental in rallying public interest.
Other big stories were the floods of 2011 and the 175th celebrations of the establishment of Skipton as a town in 2014.
The newsletter has always been produced and fully funded by the Skipton Progress Association.
The editor always welcomes new ideas, views and opinions as well as articles based on the local community.
We hope the SCN continues well into the future as a true Skipton icon.
In the menu section on the top of the page you can peruse copies of the newsletter. You may make an inquiry to the editor regarding any archived copies previous to October 18, 2017.