WAY WE WERE: Founding editor David Quick and staff pictured at the original Lakes Mail premises in 2007. The "office" was a former petrol station.
The Lakes Mail has been the voice of the local community since 1996.
The newspaper's staff were originally housed in an old, former petrol station building on the corner of Yambo and Station streets, Morisset.
After joining the Newcastle Newspapers Group (Fairfax Media) in 2007, the Lakes Mail moved across the road into purpose-built offices in the Morisset Square complex.
In 2015, evolving technologies enabled staff to move out of the office in Morisset, and out into the community like never before. Our editorial and sales staff are now equipped with technology that helps them to connect with readers and customers wherever they are.
Journalists can now file stories and pictures from a local event immediately onto our website or straight onto the pages of our next newspaper.
Likewise, our advertising representatives can book you an advertisement online or in the newspaper using their iPads.
The Lakes Mail is published weekly, on Thursdays, when about 27,500 copies are distributed. The newspaper is delivered to homes and businesses, and is also available from selected newsagents and retail outlets.
The Lakes Mail asks the questions our readers want answers to. It highlights important matters of concern, and pushes for the changes that the community expects. And it delights in celebrating local achievements, and informing locals about exactly what's going on in their area.
The newspaper is also a vital forum for locals to have their say, and help set the agenda.
Local news remains the newspaper's key focus. But it's not all hard news.
Other popular regular features of the Lakes Mail include the entertainment section, the Letters to the Editor, real estate pages, the fun Puzzler page, and the local sport section.
Regular advertising features provide clients with the opportunity to profile their business, while the local service directory and classified advertisements are the ''go-to'' pages that locals need.
The Lakes Mail has a distribution area that straddles Lake Macquarie and Tuggerah Lakes.
That area stretches from Gorokan, Lake Haven, San Remo, Budgewoi and Charmhaven in the north of the Central Coast, up into the Lake Macquarie City areas of Wyee, Morisset and Cooranbong, and then north along Lake Macquarie's western shore through Wangi Wangi, Rathmines and Toronto up to Booragul and Speers Point.
Renowned as a newspaper that gets results, the Lakes Mail looks forward to growing with the booming local area.