New. Circular Head Chronicle staff will likely be seen walking down Smith Street this week with cardboard boxes in hand, but rest assured – their jobs are safe.
It is all part of a move to their new office, the former Tastec Computers building on Goldie Street, Smithton.
Originally located at Stanley, the Chronicle has seen its share of relocations in its 110-year history, to Police Lane and Smith Street in the more recent past.
The main-street location – over the road from the Circular Head Council – will no doubt see the paper’s many regulars pop in for a visit as well as attract new faces.
Chronicle managing director Craig Saward said the move is in line with other recent changes.
“We closed our traditional offset printing arm as it was no longer viable,” he said of the late December closure.
“We held onto it for as long as we could for the sake of jobs and the community, but if a business is losing a lot of money in one area and doesn’t address this – everyone’s job is at risk.
“So essentially, we no longer needed the space.”
Entering into an agreement with a printing partner for that side of the business, the Chronicle’s printing off-shoot, Print Domain remains profitable and very much open for business.
“We can still handle all of your printing and design needs; we still handle all forms of printing and signage,” Mr Saward said.
“We either use our digital printing facility in Burnie for fast turnaround, or the printing partner we have secured.”
No longer needing the space that Smith Street offered, the new office space provides a prominent position in the community, at the ideal size.
“This is a high-profile site with easy parking access and perfect for our needs,” Mr Saward said.
“It will be the hub for news and community engagement in Circular Head for years to come.”
Mr Saward said the business is “very much alive and active in the community” and the changes will see it remain that way “long into the future”.
Office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-5pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am-4.30pm; and Fridays 9am-1pm.
The current Chronicle office will close at 12pm on Wednesday March 30, and the new office will open on Monday April 4, 9am.
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