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About Us


The Express is distributed across our great far northern region, including the two major hinterland towns of Atherton and Mareeba. We distribute to a large number of local communities, including remote cattle stations in Cape York. With a distribution of over 13,500, you can be guaranteed to pick up an Express where ever your travels take you. Available at newsagents, service stations and numerous other outlets, this coverage allows your message to get to a large and diverse audience. The secret is keeping it local. The Express is the region’s only locally owned and independent newspaper. We deliver free community news that matters – its local news, local views and local people every Wednesday. The Express news is free across all mediums. These include our print edition, on our website and across social media platforms. Covering local issues, events, sport and the residents and families that make our region so great. 
We’re as local as you can get!


Carl Portella
Managing Director

Proudly local, The Express managing editor Carl Portella has a passion for all things newspaper – your news and your business. With more than 40 years’ experience in the media industry you know you can rely on a local man with a passion for the local paper to set the news agenda.

Phone: (07) 4092 3464
Mobile: 0408 924 312

Robin Holmes

With 35 years’ media experience under her belt, Robyn leads The Express editorial team and is committed to fair and balanced reporting, with the community’s best interests always the top priority. Robyn has been living in the Far North for the past 30 years, working in media and government public relations, and understands that a local newspaper should always be the voice of the community.

Phone: (07) 4092 3464
Mobile:  0400 529 550

Natasha Wainwright
Administration Officer/ Classified and Business Directory Executive

Natasha is your friendly first point of contact at The Express. Natasha grew up in Atherton and is your go to person for the newspaper’s classified and business directory advertising, accounts and online content, while providing invaluable support to the editorial and advertising team.

Phone: (07) 4092 3464

Natasha Srhoj
Advertising Manager

With more than 20 years advertising experience, Natasha is the accounts manager who will work closely with you to help your business expand and your events succeed. Natasha will bring the excitement back into your business. Locally born and raised her community knowledge is invaluable.

Phone: (07) 4092 3464
Mobile: 0401 344 899

Rhys Thomas
Cadet Journalist

Being locally born and bred Rhys has his ear to the ground and cares about what is happening around his local community. He is heavily involved in sports around the Tablelands and is always on the hunt for new angles and new activities to dive into.

Mobile: 0473 408 049

Ellie Fink
Cadet Journalist

With a family heritage dripped in the art of journalism, Ellie is following in her Trinidaian great grandmother's footsteps as your local community journalist. It has always been Ellie's dream to become a journalist and strive to deliver important, meaningful and impactful news to the Atherton Tablelands and surrounding communities.

Phone: (07)4092 3464
Mobile: 0456100659

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