About Us

Nestled along the banks of River Wakefield lies the small rural town of Balaklava … and the home of the Plains Producer Newspaper. Located about 100km north of Adelaide in South Australia, Balaklava and surrounding districts have been served by this highly-regarded paper for more than a century.

Background of the Plains Producer
Since its beginning in 1903, the Plains Producer has seen several changes with the first paper, The Central Advocate, printed in broadsheet size on four pages. Initially owned by James Walker, it was renamed, Wooroora Producer incorporating the Central Advocate and The Hamley Bridge Express. Amy Henstridge became the first female owner in 1926 when she relinquished the Snowtown paper, The Stanley Herald. At this time the paper was changed from a broadsheet publication to a six page tabloid.

In 1940, “Wooroora” was dropped from the name and the paper was simply known as The Producer. The paper closed down during World War II, but resumed in 1946. The business was sold in 1975 and was published by Papers and Publications. It was during this time the paper entered an unfortunate decline due to a distinct lack of interest from proprietors, Papers and Publications. Doug Morrissy and Paul Milnes took over in 1982 but the arrangement only lasted four months.

Roger Manuel purchased the paper in 1983 and immediately set about providing the 12 page tabloid paper with a much-need facelift. He revived it to a 20 page newspaper which, each week, was full of news, photos and local happenings. His wife and current managing editor, Margaret, took over in 1995 after Roger’s death and has continued publishing the top quality paper with the same integrity and dedication.

The Plains Producer won BankSA Best newspaper award with circulation under 5,000 in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2008. This award, judged by its peers, is given for high standard in newspaper production. The newspaper is judged against other newspapers in the state with similar circulations.

Current circulation is almost 3,000 with more than 7,000 readers in an increasing Adelaide Plains area from Snowtown in the north to Virginia in the south as well as the Clare and Gilbert Valleys area.

Published by Papers and Publications Pty Ltd, 9 Howe Street, Balaklava 5461. ACN 007 718 569. ABN 58 007 718 569. Printed each Tuesday evening by Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Kadina

Available from the following stores:

Adrossan: Adrossan Newsagency
Adelaide: Rundle Mall Plaza Newsagency
Angle Vale: Angle Vale Newsagency, Virgara Fruit & Veg
Auburn: Auburn Welcome Mart, Auburn Roadhouse an Deli
Balaklava: Balaklava Newsagency, Free Choice Store, The Plains Producer
Blyth: Page’s Deli
Brinkworth: Hardy’s Deli & Takeaway
Clare: Clare Newsagency
Dublin: Dublin General Store, Dublin Mobil Petrol Station
Gawler: Gawler Newsagency, Gawler South Newsagency
Hamley Bridge: Hamley Bridge Newsagency
Kadina: Kadina Newsagency
Kapunda: Kapunda Newsagency
Lochiel: Simmonds Garage
Owen: Owen Store
Mallala: Mallala IGA, Bellies Takeaway
Manoora: Manoora Takeaway
Moonta: Moonta Newsagency
Port Clinton: Port Clinton Store
Port Wakefield: Port Wakefield Newsagency
Price: Price General Store
Roseworthy: Roseworthy Roadhouse
Riverton: Riverton Newsagency
Saddleworth: Saddleworth IGA
Snowtown: Snowtown General Store
Tarlee: Tarlee Post Office
Two Wells: Two Wells BP, Two Wells IGA, Two Wells Snack Bar
Virginia: Virginia Classic Cafe, Liberty Service Station
Wallaroo: Wallaroo newsagency
Watervale: Watervale General Store
Wasleys: Wasleys General Store


Submitting news and photos to the Plains Producer is easy and photographs from almost any subject are welcome. Send your news in detail, or even an outline, to editor@plainsproducer.com.au PO Box 63 Balaklava SA 5461 or drop it in to our office at 9 Howes street in Balaklava. In today’s times, we do prefer email – but you can submit it in letter or “dot point” format.


some events which you might think are of public interest are in reality an obvious commercial benefit to organisers and in this instance only basic details will be published in editorial form. Organisers should contact us for advertising rates.

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