The warp and weft of a community is often found in a town’s local newspaper. A local newspaper manages to reflect well the values, the concerns, the celebrations and the disappointments of a town and becomes the repository of history and the central reference point to which the community turns. Driving a local newspaper is no easy task. It requires a love of place, a passion for community, a dedication and a commitment to best serve. And that is what Stan Gorton of the Narooma News has accomplished for many years. In the pages of the Narooma News Stan bought together and celebrated his community, covering the big and small stories. He often rose to the occasion and asked the hard questions on behalf of his community while also allowing the pages of his paper to reflect the smaller, yet equally important details that make up the fabric of a community. Alas our much loved Narooma News editor Stan Gorton has taken up a new role on Kangaroo Island as the editor of The Islander and will turn a new page in his career in the coming weeks. Stan has been a true and solid cornerstone of the Narooma community, capturing and presenting its news for many years, and he has deservedly garnered the respect of his community. He will be missed. It is not known how Fairfax will fill his position. Only time will tell.
Above: Paul West of River Cottage enjoys finally being able meet and rub shoulders (and fish) with Narooma's Stan Gorton
Known for his passion of fishing Stan will also be missed for his coverage, support and promotion of all things fishing on the South Coast however he is already keen to take on the incredible fishing that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Stan has always been a quiet achiever and would probably prefer to just quietly step down however he is too well loved and regarded to allow that without at least some sort of fanfare farewell. So if you see Stan in the street be sure to wish him well in his new endeavours. Best wishes from The Beagle to you Stan - we know the Narooma Bermagui area will miss you and that your new home will appreciate having you at the helm of their news. Until next, lei