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About Us

Covering our great region…

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 12,000, 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 – it’s 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!


The Express Team

Carl Portella
Managing Editor

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
Email:carl@theexpressnewspaper.com.au


Natasha Burton
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
Email: admin@theexpressnewspaper.com.au


Natasha Srhoj
Advertising Manager

With more than 20 years advertising experience, Natasha is the accounts manger 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
Email: natasha@theexpressnewspaper.com.au


Phil Brandel
Journalist

Phil has been in media for as long as he (or anybody else cares to remember). Having worked from Cairns and Darwin at the top of Australia to Launceston and Hobart at the bottom and a few places in-between.

Phil loves covering the stories that matter, this is his third time living in Far North Queensland so he must really love it!

Mobile: 0423 520 552
Email:phil.brandel@theexpressnewspaper.com.au


Rhys Thomas
Cadet Journalist

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

Mobile: 0473 408 049
Email: rhys@theexpressnewspaper.com.au


Sarah Quinn
Marketing Executive

With a passion for old school customer service and a background in bookkeeping, Sarah is here to help your business with successful marketing campaigns and business growth. She is a local lass, who enjoys being a part of the community and wants to ensure all small businesses flourish in the area.

Mobile: 0473 408 049
Email: sarah@theexpressnewspaper.com.au



Brook Atkinson
Marketing Executive

A “nearly local” Tablelander of 10 years and with decades of marketing experience, Brook is our
enthusiastic marketing executive who is dedicated to helping our clients across the Southern Tablelands with all their advertising needs. Brook is a warm and friendly people person who is committed to helping local businesses succeed by putting together the best possible marketing packages.

Mobile: 0408 860 888
Email: brook@theexpressnewspaper.com.au

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