The Chewton Chat is a monthly community newspaper produced by volunteers and published by the CDS. It is funded by generous donors and the advertising in the paper.
A CDS Subcommittee is responsible for the publication. Many volunteers help with production and circulation. It is circulated on the first of each month, necessitating a deadline of about the 22nd of the previous month. Material for consideration can be left in the Chewton Chat box at the Chewton General Store, with any of the sub-committee members, sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting 03 5472 2892.
Contributions of ideas, news items, articles, and letters are always welcome; as are advertisements that help meet monthly production costs. Circulation is via the Chewton General Store, Top Dog, Chewton Post Office, Chewton Service Station, Red Hill Hotel, Castle Automotive Enterprises and Chewton’s Tourist Information Board, as well as the Bold Cafe, She Sells Seafood, Castlemaine Library, Market Building, Castlemaine Community Health, CIC, Castlemaine Copy Centre and Castlemaine Office Supplies. Mt. Alexander Hospital Residential also receives monthly copies.
About 700 hard copies are produced every month and a colour version can be downloaded each month from www.issuu.com or click on the links below to read archived issues.
Email and mail subscriptions are also available. Please contact us for more information on subscriptions.
There are donation tins at many collection points and donations can also be mailed to the Chewton Domain Society, PO Box 85 Chewton 3451.
Advertising in the Chewton Chat is very affordable! Please contact us to discuss your advertising needs.
The Chewton Chat is a member of the Community Newspaper Association of Victoria (CNAV) and regularly enters the CNAV Annual Awards:
2007 – Winner – best editorial comment
2008 – Finalist – best hard news reporting
2009 – Finalist – best history article
2010 – Special mention – best community reporting
2011 – Finalist – best editorial comment
2012 – Winner – best editorial comment
2013 – Winner – best news feature story
2013 – Finalist – best editorial comment
2014 – Winner – best history article
2015 – Finalist – best editorial comment
The State library has all Chats from issue 1 on their site
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