Bruce Partridge yesterday settled into his new position as general manager of the Daily News.
Bruce Partridge yesterday settled into his new position as general manager of the Daily News. Kerri Burns-Taylor

New boss for Daily

NEWSPAPER veteran Bruce Partridge has traded the coastal life for one in the Rose City, and is officially the newest member of the Daily News team.

Bruce yesterday took over the role of general manager from his predecessor Peter Read, who is making the move to The Gympie Times.

Despite only being in town for a couple of days, Bruce said he was already struck by Warwick's prosperity and potential.

"One of the first things that impressed about the opportunity to come here was that Warwick has such a strong, traditional rural base, combined with a growing commercial base," he said.

"It was really impressive and I am happy to be able to be a part of that."

Bruce has forged a strong career in media over the past 40 years, working in Coffs Harbour, Bundaberg and most recently, Hervey Bay.

A self-described horse lover and former polocrosse player, Bruce is sure to feel right at home in Warwick.

He said his experience in polocrosse had seen him travel to Warwick over recent years and he was looking forward to getting to see more of the area.

"It has such physical beauty and I think I will enjoy living so close to the Great Dividing Range," he said.

"I am looking forward to catching up with some of the attractions at the Granite Belt and I can see some weekends exploring at the Range coming up."

Not adverse to a spot of fishing, Bruce said he couldn't wait to hit Leslie Dam and throw a line or two over the side of his boat.

Much of Bruce's day yesterday involved getting to know his surroundings and he said he was lucky enough to make a few new friends along the way.

"I have already met some of the business people in town and I will be looking at what we can do to be more relevant to those businesses," he said.

Bruce believes the Daily News is the voice of community organisations and invites all of those groups to pop in and make themselves known to him.

"My intention is to make our papers relevant to community and other organisations," he said.

"I know we have a history of doing that but it's my goal to make that stronger."


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