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About Us

Canberra Weekly is the ACT’s biggest, most-read magazine. And it’s free!

Launched in March 2009 by Nick Samaras, the publication has grown from 32 pages at launch, to a 220+ page glossy news and lifestyle magazine read by over 96,400 Canberrans every week.

At Canberra Weekly, we’re all about the community – we pride ourselves on being community focused and completely Canberra-centric. Our strong editorial focuses on what’s happening in and around Canberra, and has cemented our place as an icon in the community. We cover news and current issues, politics and sport, food and entertainment, fashion and beauty, home and lifestyle, as well as real estate, motoring and trades & services.

We are all over Canberra. The magazine is stocked in over 900 easy-to-find locations around Canberra, Queanbeyan, Murrumbateman, Yass, Goulburn, Bungendore, Braidwood and Batemans Bay. Over 43,500+ copies of Canberra Weekly are picked up each week from shopping centres, supermarkets, cafés, real estate agencies, fitness centres and retailers.

We are at the heart of the Canberra community, delivering more content to more people.

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Advertising

Canberra Weekly is the ACT’s most-read news and lifestyle magazine. With over 96,400 readers each week, we are engaged in a unique and direct conversation with the Canberra community. No other magazine or newspaper is in as many Canberra homes.

We distribute over 43,500+ copies of Canberra Weekly each week, from more than 900 pick-up locations across Canberra and regional NSW, including shopping centres, supermarkets, cafés, real estate agencies, fitness centres and retailers. Our huge real estate section boasts up to 150 pages each week.

Our team of passionate journalists and expert contributors create editorial that attracts a strong readership – readers who are loyal and captivated. Our distribution is 100% pick-up, rather than letterbox drop, so we know our readers are engaged. We connect with them in a diverse range of subjects: news, current affairs, sport, politics, local events, arts, entertainment, food, fashion, beauty, interior design, parenting, health, horoscopes and puzzles. We also encourage retention with a seven-day TV guide.

One of Canberra Weekly’s core strengths is our influence to drive product at retail level – we know our readers shop off the page.

Some stats about our readers:

  • 54% are women – the primary household purchasing decision makers
  • 95% hang on to the magazine for up to two weeks
  • 70% spend more than 10 minutes reading the magazine
  • 85% of readers say they read the advertisements

To reach buyers, connect with the community and be part of the conversation in Canberra, you need to be seen in Canberra Weekly.

How much does it cost?

The advertising team at Canberra Weekly pride themselves on working with advertisers to find a fit that’s right for your business. We know one size doesn’t fit all, so we offer a variety of packages which are affordable and competitively priced. Options include gatefold covers, run-of-book catalogues plus pull-out inserts and booklets.

Talk to us today

No question is too small! Drop into the office to chat about what will work best for your business, send us an email or give us a call and a member of our advertising team will get back to you today.

Liz Makary Advertising Director 0406 378 408 liz@canberraweekly.com.au

Our Readers Are Engaged

100% pick up rather than letter box drop.

Digital Edition

Missed an issue? Catch up on Canberra’s favourite free weekly magazine here.

Executive Team

Nick Samaras

Founder & Publisher
0418 182 554

Since founding Newstate Media in 2009, Nick has used his extensive publishing background to grow Canberra Weekly into an iconic brand in the community and an essential contributor to the enjoyment of the unique lifestyle Canberra has to offer. With the launch of Newcastle Weekly in May 2015 the Hunter is now experiencing the same benefits. Newcastle Weekly provides considerable assistance to a wide range of community and charity organisations through the donation of editorial and advertising support.

Julie Samaras

Founding Editor
02 6175 8800

Having started her journalism career in 1980, Julie launched the magazine alongside Nick in 2009. Her passion for journalism, community spirit and generous nature are reflected in the pages of the magazine each week. “I love Canberra; it’s been my home for almost 30 years. And I love bringing you Canberra Weekly each week, with news and stories about people, places and things that inspire.”

Liz Makary

Advertising Director
0406 378 408

Liz joined the team in 2012 after relocating to Canberra from Sydney, where she was the NSW Advertising Manager at New Idea magazine. Her experience in national magazines includes working on strategic proposals across clients, such as Kimberly-Clark Australia, Kelloggs and Nestlé to name a few. Her passion for magazines is reflected in her approach to her role at Canberra Weekly. “The advertising team at Canberra Weekly consistently endeavours to build our presence in the Canberra market ensuring that our customer service is unparalleled, building trust and delivering on our commitments to our advertising partners.”

Diane Hope

Administration Manager
02 6175 8800

Diane joined the Canberra Weekly team in 2018. She is an experienced administrator and business manager with a high level of professionalism and a commitment to excellence. She has been part of the Canberra community since relocating from New Zealand in 2010. “I love the Canberra lifestyle with its changing seasons and easy access to amenities. I enjoy my interactions with Canberra Weekly readers and advertisers and helping to keep Canberrans informed about the many and varied opportunities available in our wonderful city.”

We captivate our readers

95% of readers hold on to the magazine for up to two weeks

Contact Us

Canberra Weekly

02 6175 8800
11/285 Canberra Avenue
Fyshwick ACT 2609

Editorial
Editor
Julie Samaras
02 6175 8800
news@canberraweekly.com.au

Distribution
Distribution Manager
Vincent Samaras
02 6175 8800
vincent@canberraweekly.com.au

General enquiries
Administration Manager
Diane Hope
02 6175 8800
admin@newstatemedia.com.au

Advertising
Advertising Director
Liz Makary
02 6175 8825
liz@canberraweekly.com.au

Newcastle Weekly

02 4037 4000
19 Pearson Street
Charlestown NSW 2290
news@canberraweekly.com.au

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Founder & Publisher
Nick Samaras
0418 182 554
news@canberraweekly.com.au

General enquiries
Administration
Kathryn Hooper
02 4037 4031
admin@newcastleweekly.com.au

Editorial
Editor
Georgia Osland
02 4037 4010
georgia.o@newcastleweekly.com.au

Advertising
Sales Manager
Melessa Ernst
02 4037 4024
melessa.e@newcastleweekly.com.au

Distribution
Distribution Coordinator
Kathryn Hooper
02 4037 4031
admin@newcastleweekly.com.au

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