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 newspaper has since shifted across the road into purpose-built offices in Morisset Square.
The Lakes Mail has been the voice of the local community for 19 years.
Originally housed in an old, former petrol station building on the corner of Yambo and Station streets, Morisset, the Lakes Mail eventually outgrew the small site.
After joining the Newcastle Newspapers Group in 2007, the Lakes Mail moved across the road into purpose-built offices in the Morisset Square complex.
The newspaper is pubished weekly, on Thursdays, and is distributed to an estimated 27,500 homes and businesses.
The Lakes Mail has always been first to ask the questions that need to be asked, to highlight important matters of concern, to push for the changes that the community demands, to celebrate local achievements, and to inform locals about exactly what's going on in their area.
But the newspaper has recently undergone substantial changes.
Readers and advertisers now enjoy a fresh new layout, increased special features, and more outstanding local journalism and photography.
Local news remains the newspaper's key focus, and our experienced local journalists get to the bottom of the important issues. But it's not all hard news.
Other popular regular features of the Lakes Mail include the LIVE entertainment section, YOUR SAY page of Letters to the Editor, DOMAIN real estate pages, the FUN page and puzzles, and the local SPORT section featuring the popular ''Hook, Line and Sinker'' fishing column.
Regular advertising features provide advertisers 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 Wyong Shire, 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 Blackalls Park and Speers Point.
Renowned as a newspaper that gets results, the Lakes Mail looks forward to growing with the booming local area.
NEWS FOCUS: One of the first editions produced in the new premises at Morisset in 2007.
NEW LOOK: The Lakes Mail has a fresh new design in 2012, and is growing with the region.