Member: Illawarra Mercury
Contact: Greg Ellis
Position: Business Editor
Colonial Illawarra was floundering under the weight of dilapidated roads, filthy drinking water and a poor system of leadership when the Illawarra Mercury was founded in 1855.
The newspaper, which was the first on the South Coast, was established by Thomas Garrett to provide not only a conduit for information but an advocate for change in a community that had little or no means of advancing its cause.
Today the Mercury is the second oldest newspaper in NSW.