Neil and Emily Coningham join Editor, Victoria McGuin, and Advertising Manager, Karen Muir, for a welcome lunch in Palmwoods

Neil and Emily Coningham join Editor, Victoria McGuin, and Advertising Manager, Karen Muir, for a welcome lunch in Palmwoods

Things are changing at the Hinterland Times. First came our new editor, Victoria McGuin, and now we welcome new owners, Neil and Emily Coningham.

Since January 2014, Michelle and Heatley Gilmore have helped this monthly independent magazine go from strength to strength, winning awards along the way. But whilst the awards were gratefully received, HT is about community, and that is what matters most.

Neil said, “We are thrilled to be taking over such a high quality, well-regarded, popular community magazine and building on the hard work and dedication that Heatley and Michelle and their team has put in.

“It is very important to us that the HT legacy continues as the much-loved community magazine. “

Emily added, “A big positive for us when purchasing the Hinterland Times was the long-standing, dedicated and talented team in place and we look forward to working together with them to continue providing the high-quality magazine that the locals love so much.”

After five years of HT ownership, Michelle and Heatley are staying in publishing, but focusing on their new business, Camps Australia Wide.

Michelle said, “Heatley and I will be back in the Hinterland – but this time checking on campsites for our guides. I will miss our fabulous team, and want to thank all the business owners and community groups who welcomed us over the years. We know HT has deserving new custodians in Neil and Emily – we wish them every success.”

Neil and Emily Coningham, with their two boys, Leo and Zach

Neil and Emily Coningham, with their two boys, Leo and Zach

So, where do HT’s new owners hail from? Originally from South Africa, they travelled the world living in New Zealand, England and, for the past six years, Australia, where their two sons were born.

“We became Australian citizens on Australia Day 2017.  This will always be a special day for us,” Emily shared.

Neil has a vast amount of knowledge operating small businesses and is experienced with web development and digital marketing. “I’m keen to increase the online presence of HT and bring digital marketing solutions for HT advertisers. I understand the pressures that business owners face,” Neil said.

Emily is a physiotherapist and has always been passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, working within rehabilitation post-stroke, orthopaedic injury and chronic disease.

“I also have a love of arts, crafts and creativity instilled from an early age, with a mum who is a professional artist. Which is why this vibrant and unique hinterland community appeals to me.”

The HT team are thrilled to have Neil and Emily on board and look forward to the future. In the meantime, our warm wishes and thanks to Heatley and Michelle for championing this large community and nurturing this very special monthly magazine. Long may it continue.