The closure of three regional newspapers in South Australia's southeast is a sad day for the region, Treasurer Rob Lucas says.
The Border Watch Newsgroup, which publishes The Border Watch in Mt Gambier, The South Eastern Times in Millicent and The Pennant in Penola, says the papers will no longer be printed and their digital platforms will also close on Friday.
The decision affects 38 staff across the group but they will all receive their full redundancy, leave and long service leave entitlements.
Mr Lucas, who hails from Mt Gambier, said he had a personal connection to the Border Watch with his father working there in the 1950s.
"It's an end of an era, it's a very sad day for Mt Gambier," Mr Lucas said.
The paper's directors said every effort had been made to keep the presses running but the COVID-19 pandemic had further hit declining advertising revenues for the 159-year-old publication.
"Taking these issues into consideration The Border Watch has made the very difficult decision to close its operations," they said.
Australian Associated Press