Leader Community Newspapers
The Leader Community Newspaper group publishes 33 titles covering metropolitan Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater...


It is has a circulation of 1.94 million readers per week. It is the largest single market network of community newspapers in Australia.


In the early 1850s George Mott arrived in Australia and began work as a journalist with the Melbourne Argus.

In 1854 he started publishing newspapers in the Victorian goldfields near Beechworth and Chiltern. George Mott’s two sons commenced publishing newspapers in Albury and one brother’s branch of the family until recently (2005) published The Border Mail
The Border Mail
The Border Mail is a daily newspaper published in Albury-Wodonga, Australia, serving the twin cities and the surrounding region.The first edition was printed on 24 October 1903 by editor Hamilton Mott and his brother Decimus...

 in that town.

The other brother, Decimus Mott, left the Murray ara in 1924 and, with his sons, took over the established Northcote and Preston Leader (first published in 1888). From this paper, the Leader Community Newspaper group grew into its present stable of 33 separate mastheads.

In 1986 the group was sold to The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd
The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd
The Herald and Weekly Times Limited is a newspaper publishing company based in Melbourne, Australia. It is owned and operated by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited, who purchased HWT in 1987.-Newspapers:...

. With the acquisition of The Herald and Weekly Times by News Corporation
News Corporation
News Corporation or News Corp. is an American multinational media conglomerate. It is the world's second-largest media conglomerate as of 2011 in terms of revenue, and the world's third largest in entertainment as of 2009, although the BBC remains the world's largest broadcaster...

later that same year, the Leader Newspaper group became a part of News Limited Community Newspapers with a total of 95 publications throughout Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Tasmania.

Inner Melbourne

  • Caulfield Glen Eira Leader
  • Melbourne Leader
  • Moreland Leader
  • Northcote Leader
  • Port Phillip Leader
  • Progress Leader
  • Stonnington Leader

Northern Melbourne

  • Diamond Valley Leader
  • Heidelberg Leader
  • Hume Leader
  • Preston Leader
  • Whittlesea Leader

Southern Melbourne

  • Bayside Leader
  • Cranbourne Leader
  • Frankston Standard
  • Hastings Leader
  • Moorabbin Leader
  • Mordialloc Chelsea Leader
  • Mornington Peninsula Leader
  • Springvale Dandenong Leader

Eastern Melbourne

  • Berwick Leader
  • Free Press Leader Dandenongs
  • Knox Leader
  • Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader
  • Manningham Leader
  • Maroondah Leader
  • Pakenham Leader
  • Waverley Leader
  • Whitehorse Leader

Western Melbourne

  • Brimbank Leader
  • Hobsons Bay Leader
  • Maribyrnong Leader
  • Melton Moorabool Leader
  • Moonee Valley Leader (formerly the Essendon Gazette)
  • Sunbury Macedon Ranges Leader
  • Wyndham Leader

External links

Leadernews.com.au (The news website of the group)
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