About Us

The first Southbank News (formerly Southbank Local News) edition was published in October 2011. The local newspaper was established with the City of Melbourne's suburbs of Southbank and South Wharf (both postcode 3006) to serve the growing communities living and working in what was historically an industrial area. As Southbank has evolved into Australia's most densely populated suburb, Southbank News has sought to grow alongside it by providing regular news, updates and stories that matter to locals. In 2015, we expanded our remit to cover the growing community of Montague - a precinct in the Fishermans Bend urban renewal area - which incorporates parts of Southbank, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne. 

Southbank News is printed monthly and 13,000 printed copies are distributed throughout Southbank, South Wharf and Montague, as well as specific outlets in neighbouring suburbs. Southbank News was established by Hyperlocal News, which also operates sister publications in Docklands, the CBD, the inner-city suburbs of Carlton, East Melbourne and Parkville, as well as the city's north-west region (North & West Melbourne, Kensington and Parkville Gardens), and is owned and published by Sean Car. 

It is our job to inform the community of events, news and changes that are evolving around the area. We are a trusted source of information for residents, workers and visitors within the inner-city catchment of south of the Yarra River. We are the voice of the postcode 3006 and Montague.

Owner/Editor - Sean Car.

Journalists - David Schout, Rhonda Dredge, Kaylah-Joelle Baker, Jack Hayes (business), Brendan Rees, Carol Saffer

Photography - John Tadigiri, Murray Enders, Cam Grant

Production/Design - Kellie Roberston, Janina Roque


Southbank News - Your community - Your newspaper




Meet Our Team


Sean Car | Owner & Editor

Sean has worked in the City of Melbourne reporting local news in Docklands, Southbank and the CBD for 10 years. He previously worked at WIN News in Shepparton as a broadcast journalist and operates a not-for-profit organisation working with communities in Malawi and Uganda. As a Melburnian and owner and managing editor at Hyperlocal News, he's passionate about community and the role local journalists play in fostering it. 


David Schout | Journalist

David has worked for Southbank News for more than three years and is a dedicated and passionate journalist. He has worked in the media both in Australia and abroad and has worked across a diverse range of publications including The Guardian, Herald Sun, Leader, ESPN and Wisden. From council affairs to local news and sport, he enjoys reporting about all things Southbank.


Rhonda Dredge | Journalist

Rhonda first became involved with Hyperlocal News through Southbank News's sister publication CBD News, where she has been contributing as an art and literature critic for the past seven years. Since then, she has extended her arts, culture, street and general news reporting talents to Docklands and other communities. Rhonda is an experienced artist and journalist, who has a strong background in community and local government. 


Jack Hayes | Business Editor

Jack has worked for Hyperlocal News for three years and wears a number of hats as marketing and distribution manager, as well as business editor and journalist. With a background in journalism and marketing, Jack combines two strengths through his work at Hyperlocal News with a personable and professional character to match that is always well received in the local community. 



Tom Bacon | Owners' Corporation Law


Tony Penna | Southbank Residents' Association


Snr Sgt Alex O'Toole | Southbank Safety & Security


Artemis Pattichi | Southbank Sustainability Group


Trisha Avery | Montague Community Alliance


Tom Hoffmann | St John's Southgate


Jeremy Vincent | Yarra River Business Association


Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson | We Live Here