About Southbank News

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, Georgie Atkins, Jack Hayes (business), Brendan Rees

Photography - Hanna Komissarova, Maria Vasileva, Ajay Vishanath, Marcela Lehocka

Production/Design - Amy Frost, Kate Fooke


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Meet Our Team


Jack Hayes | Business Editor

For the past four years, Jack has been an integral part of Hyperlocal News, taking on various roles as the marketing and distribution manager, as well as serving as the business editor and journalist. Drawing from a background in both journalism and marketing, Jack seamlessly merges these two strengths in his contributions to Hyperlocal News. His personable and professional demeanour consistently resonates well within the local community, making him a warmly received figure.


David Schout | Journalist

With more than four years of dedicated service, David has been an unwavering and passionate journalist at Southbank News. His media experience spans both domestic and international landscapes, contributing to a diverse array of publications such as The Guardian, Herald Sun, Leader, ESPN, and Wisden. David finds joy in reporting on a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from council affairs to local news and sports, with a particular enthusiasm for covering all things related to Southbank.


Sean Car | Owner & Editor

For the past decade, Sean has been engaged in reporting local news within the City of Melbourne, specifically in Docklands, Southbank, and the CBD. Before this tenure, he held the position of a broadcast journalist at WIN News in Shepparton. In addition to his media career, Sean manages a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to community development in Malawi and Uganda. As a proud Melburnian and the proprietor and managing editor at Hyperlocal News, he exudes passion for community connections and recognises the significant role played by local journalists in nurturing them.


Brendan Rees | Journalist

Commencing in 2021, Brendan has actively contributed to all five publications, delving into impactful stories featured in Docklands News, CBD News, Southbank News, Inner City News, and North West City News. His unique passion centres on amplifying local narratives, a dedication prominently showcased in his work where he fervently connects with the communities covered by these publications. Brendan brings a wealth of experience in local media, with noteworthy roles at the Herald Sun, Star News Group, Dimboola Banner, and international exposure with the Ghanaian Times.



Tom Bacon | Owners' Corporation Law


Tony Penna | Southbank Residents' Association


Snr Sgt Alex O'Toole | Safety & Security


Jeremy Vincent | Yarra River Business Association