The Daily Mercury's My Town series toured the region in 2020 and is gearing up to meet more people in every Mackay community in 2021.
The Daily Mercury's My Town series toured the region in 2020 and is gearing up to meet more people in every Mackay community in 2021.

From the Daily Mercury Ed’s desk: Merc named global finalist

Dear valued subscribers,

We here at the Daily Mercury have some big news to share with you.

We have been named a finalist in the International News Media Association's Global Media Awards.

The Merc's My Town series is a finalist in the category Best Use of an Event to Build a News Brand.

Our news brand is community and that is why My Town works.

My Town initially sought to advocate for our readers in our smaller communities and discover community champions whose tireless work behind the scenes made their towns and localities thrive.

But as coronavirus spread its invisible but dangerous grip on the region, state, country and world, My Town took on a different purpose.

The series was forced into hiatus when the March 2020 lockdown came into effect, and businesses and communities doubled down with a steely mindset to 'just get through'.

It was during these three months that the physical Daily Mercury stopped printing.

Library sessions, which we hope to start again next month, in July and August helped bridge the divide between print and digital for many of our readers.

But My Town returned in September to help reconnect our communities left without a paper to their wider community.

The fortnightly rotation of towns began again with Mackay Regional Council sponsorship, pairing an elected councillor with a Daily Mercury reporter.

The sponsorship recognised the importance of connecting with the 30 townships outside of Mackay's city gates, and the role the Daily Mercury played in community advocacy.

My Town bridged the rural-city divide in a material way, giving you, our readers and residents, direct access to your journalist, and your council.

The My Town initiative has a reporter visiting a different town or area twice a month, and has so far visited towns including Habana, Walkerston, Bloomsbury, Marian, Finch Hatton, Sarina, Eimeo, Calen, Kuttabul and Seaforth.

We're heading back to Habana later this month.

If you want us to head to your town, email us at

I congratulate the whole Daily Mercury team for embracing our vision to reconnect with our smaller towns but especially Deputy Editor Tara Miko who has spearheaded the campaign.


Daily Mercury Editor Rae Wilson and Deputy Editor Tara Miko. Picture: Tony Martin
Daily Mercury Editor Rae Wilson and Deputy Editor Tara Miko. Picture: Tony Martin

And I thank you, our readers, for getting on board and sharing your stories with us.

Rae Wilson, Daily Mercury Editor


Here's some of the stories we have done so far:



Phone glitch is hampering Walkerston business owner

What's in a name? For Walkerston, it's all Scrubby


Bowls club nears 50 years serving Seaforth community

'Extraordinarily tight': Seaforth at zero per cent vacancy

The Mackay seaside 'hidden oasis' booked out since COVID

From the red dust of Pilbara to the lush green of Seaforth


The Mackay community crying out for a public playground

'Booming season': Tourism bright spot in Mackay Whitsundays

Mist-shrouded community gets new Men's Shed

No whey! Eungella dairy's new cheese factory plan


How a community bank is improving Sarina's liveability

Sarina cafe's secret to thriving during COVID

'I was being called': Why Adele uprooted her life to Sarina


IN PICS: Where you can feed cassowaries, emus in Mackay

A home among the gumtrees with an airfield out the back

Skydiving adventures reach new heights in Mackay

Flashback: The rural servo with talking birds

The Mackay critters leaving UK celebs 'scarred for life'

'Novelty' retro seaplane added to Whitsunday tour fleet

How a humble hall became a country town's heart and soul

Finch Hatton

Residents propose riverfront attraction for Finch Hatton

Pioneer Valley pub up for sale, friendly ghosts included

Next steps in making Pioneer Valley bike trail a reality

Finch Hatton community hubs rises from ashes of 2018 fire

Calen and Kuttabul:

Cooking with gas: Zarby's Cafe celebrates 2nd birthday

Desire for new sports facility for Calen region youth

'Scary' Bruce Highway turn-offs on course for collisions

How a Calen cane farm became a tourist hotspot


Small town's headache over miners' long-term parking

Push for new ambulance station at Eton or Marian

New owner at the helm of 154-year-old pub

Widow waits for husband's funeral 6 months after death

'You've got to have a lot of electricity in your body': Eton's water diviner


A Mackay castle fit for the bride and groom

Habana residents vent anger over subdivision stifling

Habana charm inspires city dweller's tree-change

$165K plea to build emergency assembly point at Habana

Northern Beaches:

Northern Beaches club creates home for 'busy people'

GALLERY: Holiday travellers' pilgrimage to iconic pub

Eimeo's 'oldest resident' reveals wild history of beach

Northern Beaches crime fighting hub proposal


Singing Marian's praises at historic operatic home

Massive playground 'makeover' plans revealed


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