David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Australian Cybermalls’ digital footprint to accelerate says Maranoa MP

October 22, 2019

An improved digital presence and expansive news coverage are now set in stone for Kingaroy-based publisher Australian Cybermalls, who received $71,740 – through the Federal Government’s Regional Grant Opportunity – Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced.

“The media landscape is undergoing a profound digital transformation – a business model change – and this funding will give Australian Cybermalls the means to produce and distribute more content and increase its market,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Australian Cybermalls demonstrated a solid business case to increase publishing activities for our region, with the grant providing much needed funding to upgrade its website and expand coverage of real estate, business and tourism.

“Australian Cybermalls is one of 62 small and regional publishers across Australia to share in around $9 million of funding under the Federal Government’s Regional Grant Opportunity program to support local journalism.

“We recognise the challenges facing regional publishers and local newspapers as they reshape their business models to deal with the digital landscape and put themselves on more sustainable footings for the future.

“These grants provide regional publishers with the opportunity to invest in new technologies to support news gathering skills development and digital initiatives.”

The Regional Grant Opportunity program is overseen by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), with Maranoa receiving $289,215 in grants.