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.

In April, 2016 the newspaper extended its circulation to include all the Mid North of South Australia, giving it coverage from Virginia/Gawler in the south to Wilmington/Orroroo in the north, and Eastern Yorke Peninsula in the west to Kapunda/Eudunda in the east.

The current circulation is almost 3,500, reaching an estimated 10,000 readers.

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


Available from the following stores:

Adelaide: Rundle Mall Plaza Newsagency
Angle Vale:
Angle Vale Newsagency
Ardrossan: Ardrossan Newsagency
Auburn: Auburn Roadhouse
Beckers IGA, Auburn
Balaklava: Balaklava Newsagency
Plains Producer, Balaklava
Foodland Balaklava
Balaklava Takeaway
Blyth: Pages Deli, Blyth
Booberowie: Booberowie IGA
Booleroo: Booleroo Centre IGA
Brinkworth: Norma’s General Store, Brinkworth
Burra: Burra Newsagency
Bute: Foodworks Bute
Clare: Clare Newsagency
Crystal Brook: Crystal Brook Newsagency
Dublin: Dublin General Store
Eudunda: Eudunda Newsagency
Gawler: Gawler Newsagency
Gawler Green Newsagency
Northern Newsagency, Gawler
Gawler South Newsagency
Georgetown: Georgetown General Store
Gladstone: Gladstone IGA
Gulnare: Gulnare Community Post Office
Hallet: Hallet Mini Mart
Hamley Bridge: Hamley Bridge General Store
Jamestown: Jamestown Newsagency
Kadina: Kadina Newsagency
Kapunda: Kapunda Newsagency
Koolunga: Koolunga Garage Farm Supplies
Laura: Laura News & Stationers
Lochiel: Jitter Bean Oasis, Lochiel
Simmonds Garage, Lochiel
Mallala: Mallala Fuel
Mallala IGA
Melrose: Store 54, Melrose
Moonta: Moonta Newsagency
Orroroo: Orroroo Newsagency
Owen: Owen Post Office
Peterborough: Peterborough Newsagency
Port Augusta: Westside Newsagency, Port Augusta
Port Broughton: Central Deli & Newsagency, Port Broughton
Port Clinton: Port Clinton General Store
Port Pirie: Port Pirie Newsagency
Port Wakefield: Port Wakefield Newsagency
Redhill: Redhill Corner Store
Riverton: Riverton Newsagency
Roseworthy Roadhouse
Saddleworth: Saddleworth BP
Willis Cafe, Saddleworth
Snowtown: Snowtown Newsagency
Spalding: Spalding General Store
Tarlee: Tarlee Post Office
Two Wells: Lange Auto, Two Wells
Two Wells Snack Bar
Two Wells BP
Two Wells IGA
Virginia: Classic Café, Virginia
Mogas Service Station, Virginia
Virginia Nursery
Wallaroo: Wallaroo Newsagency
Wasleys: Wasleys General Store
Watervale: Watervale General Store
Wilmington: Wilmington CRT Store
Wirrabara: Wirrabara Lucky 7


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 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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