About us

About the Paper

The Central Queensland News is published each Friday, with the only exception being Good Friday (Published Saturday). It has a circulation of approximately 5800.

The Central Queensland News and Blackwater Herald are printed by Capricornia Newspapers Pty Ltd who also publishes the Capricorn Local News, Gladstone Observer, Capricorn Coast Mirror, and The Central Telegraph.

News Corp Australia, the present owners of The Central Queensland News, encompasses newspapers from Mackay to Coffs Harbour along the eastern coastline, and inland to Emerald, Biloela, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Warwick, Lismore, Grafton and Chinchilla.


The Central Queensland News, first published by the Gibson Family of Emerald in 1937, has progressed over the years from a four page weekly serving the Emerald community, to a large bi-weekly newspaper serving the prosperous Central Highlands.

The Change to bi-weekly format was made following the purchase of the Clermont Telegram (est. 1864) in 1980. The Gibson's sold to the Provincial newspaper (Qld) group, now Australian Provincial Newspapers, in 1985.

The newspaper has grown with the expansion of the Central Highlands and has progressed from a handsetting operation to a fully computerised newspaper, with offices in Blackwater and Clermont, and correspondents in almost all highland communities.

The Gemfields Gazette was first published in January 1991, to serve the growing tourist industry and in response to the needs of the local and permanent Gemfields population, as a monthly publication. The Gemfields Gazette was incorporated into the Central Queensland News in September 1996 as regular feature in response to the needs of the Gemfields businesses and residents.

The Blackwater Herald, Which has chronicled happenings in Blackwater and district since 1977, was purchased from the Massy family in 1992, and strengthened the company's coverage of the eastern Highlands.