About Us

The Betoota Hotel, 1987 LEFT: Clancy Overell, Editor CENTRE: Errol Parker, Editor-at-large RIGHT: Imran Gashkori, Sports Journalist.
The Betoota Hotel, 1987 LEFT: Clancy Overell, Editor CENTRE: Errol Parker, Editor-at-large RIGHT: Imran Gashkori, Sports Journalist.

The Betoota Advocate, Australia’s oldest newspaper.

As a small and independent regional newspaper from far-west Queensland, we pride ourselves on reporting fair and just news with the authenticity that rivals only the salt on the sunburnt earth that surrounds us here in the Queensland Channel Country.

Having been established in the mid-1800’s, we are arguably Australia’s oldest newspaper and have always taken pride in our ability to walk in both worlds: regional and metropolitan news. In recent times, our popularity has grown immensely as result of a bold move to create an online revival for our publication.

 

2014 was a big year for The Betoota Advocate, with a successful transition into digital news. This move online has given many of our cadet journalists an opportunity to report on stories outside of both our town and our nation’s borders.

Some of these stories have been successful on an international scale and attracted attention not only in our hometown of Betoota, but also right across Australia. The decision to venture online was made in September 2014, in our efforts to navigate through the new world of social media.

Our small operation, overseen by both former News of the World deputy editor and first-generation Betootan, Errol Parker (Editor-at-large) and the homegrown Clancy Overell (Editor) – makes for a trusting newspaper that will never bow to any of the powers that be in the world of ‘corporate news’ – and with a readership that topples the Fin Review and The Australian, we seem to be doing alright.

With the vast experience of our editors, the Betoota Advocate is able to harness the skillsets taught to both Parker and Overell during their sabbatical in the North Queensland hub of Townsville, where they both met as cadet journalists.

We will continue to report real and apolitical news and will never allow our organisation to be hijacked by any of the family news dynasties. Packer, Fairfax or Murdoch.

We hope you take something away from the news you read, brought to you by The Betoota Advocate. Please join our readership.

The Betoota lyrebirds, mascots and friends to The Betoota Advocate.
The Betoota lyrebirds, mascots and friends to The Betoota Advocate.

 

19 Responses to "About Us"

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  2. Michael B   September 25, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I stopped my AdBlock for this domain. This site genuinely makes me laugh. Keep on going, guys 😀

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  3. Paul McIver   November 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Great publication from a great town Who’s got the pub now that Ziggie has gone???

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  4. Bert   December 3, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    why will you not publish my email address?
    Regards
    Bertrand

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  5. Jimmy   December 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Go away.

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  6. Didge   January 4, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    G’day.. Im confused… I lived and worked in Betoota… At Mt Leonard… There is NOTHING else in Betoots aside from the race track, and the pub skeleton after Ziggie passed… Where is this paper really coming from?…. I love Betoota…Best part of my life living there

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  7. Didge   January 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    G’day.. Im confused… I lived and worked in Betoota… At Mt Leonard… There is NOTHING else in Betoots aside from the race track, and the pub skeleton after Ziggie passed… Where is this paper really coming from?…. I love Betoota…Best part of my life living there… To hell with Turnbull. He is a traitourous tool anyway…. Not shocked he threatened you straight away…weak as pss

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  8. Lou   March 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Nice birds…good job on the Advocate too, better read than most. Well done.

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  9. Stu   March 16, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Ziggy lives!

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  10. Sam   May 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I cancelled my subscriptions to the SMH and the Australian, and with the money saved I’ve been able to get pissed more often. Oh, BTW great work on the Advocate.

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  11. Nath   July 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Funny Shit!

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  12. Jett Rink   September 21, 2016 at 6:41 am

    why aren’t you all called Bruce? Here in the UK we thought all male australians are called Bruce

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    • Not Bruce   September 23, 2016 at 11:36 am

      All Australian males are called Bruce, but we use different nicknames so as not to confuse everyone. Hope that helps.

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    • Karen aka Bruce   November 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Some females are also called Bruce. I have many friends at Scouts Victoria also called Bruce, and we regularly convene to sing the Philosophers Song. Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar….

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  13. John   September 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Dead right about the cyclists! Brilliant, keep it up.

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  14. Shazza   September 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Lol! Nice work altering the video about 😛 Terrific!

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  15. Shazza   September 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Lol! Nice work altering the video above 😛 Terrific!

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  16. snakehips   September 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-21/yoghurt-spilled-across-federal-highway-van-crash/7864924

    Canberra’s Greek community slams yoghurt shortage as conspiracy by One Nations Pauline Hanson to eradicate Tzatziki consumption.
    I woke up to this at 4am as an essential topic for Betoota!

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  17. Sydney   November 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I had to check to find out where Betoota is. You are funnnny. Keep up the good work!

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