ABOUT THE GRAPEVINE COMMUNITY NEWS
The Grapevine Community News is published and circulates throughout the suburban area and rural districts of the Central Coast, NSW. In the suburban area it is available FREE of charge from newsagents, selected supermarkets, registered clubs, shopping centres, local corner stores and numerous other outlets. In the rural districts it is delivered FREE of charge into every mailbox west of the M1 Motorway. The suburban edition publishes on the Friday before the first full week of the month and the rural edition publishes on the first full week of each month.
Each month the Grapevine Community News provides you with local news, events and information on what’s happening in the local community. The main stories cover events in detail and champion the needs of the people, ensuring that everyone becomes aware of the issues that concern them.
The publication also provides a cross-selection of community interest columns: sustainable living and finance and investment to veterinary advice, real estate and updates from political representatives.
It is the only full colour, glossy publication on the Central Coast of NSW that specialises in news events affecting the local community and has a proud history of serving the Central Coast Region for almost two decades.
Alan Hayes OAM
Publisher / Managing Editor
Alan Hayes launched the Grapevine Community News two decades ago as the Rural Grapevine to serve the community in the rural valleys west of Wyong. There was no other local news media available.
The Rural Grapevine has championed the needs of the locals and was instrumental in winning the fight to stop coal seam gas mining in this area, which is the major water catchment district for the entire Central Coast region of NSW. In 2006 when a South Korean Government-owned coal mining company decided it would seek to gain approval to mine coal from beneath the same area, the Rural Grapevine again became the war journal of the people. It was at this time that the Village Grapevine was launched into the suburban area of the Central Coast to inform those people, too, of the devastating impact a coal mine would have on their water catchment.
Both publications continued to bring cutting-edge journalism to the people, exposing the truth without fear or favour, until in June 2020 both the rural and village editions shared a common name - The Grapevine Community News.
Alan Hayes, who was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his service to the community and to the environment as an author, has been a writer, a runaway best-selling author and a journalist for more than 30 years. Now widely known to Australians and internationally through his It’s So Natural writings, he has published more than 38 best-selling books on herbs, health and natural alternatives.
Alan also writes an international weekly newspaper column and magazine column, entitled It's So Natural, that has continually published for thirty-four years.