GOT IT IN WRITING: Greg Carson, from APN Print Yandina, with the PANPA award.
GOT IT IN WRITING: Greg Carson, from APN Print Yandina, with the PANPA award. Warren Lynam

PANPA Awards decree our newspaper press is the best

ON MONDAY night, as the drama played out over who would lead our national government, a skilled group of tradesmen and technicians at Yandina were watching the clock.

Journalists may gather the information and write the stories about unfolding national events.

But every business has a back room where logistics, timetables and deadlines are crucial and particularly so when you have five regional dailies to print for delivery to areas from Grafton to the Fraser Coast.

"You also have to be flexible," APN Print Yandina general manager Greg Carson said of the need to push back deadlines on Monday night to allow the next morning's Sunshine Coast Daily to carry the news and analysis.

Flexibility, technical excellence, workplace innovation, an outstanding safety record, a commitment to improved efficiency and community service have seen the $65 million Yandina printing centre named the winner of Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association 2015 Print Centre of the Year award, beating off some of Australia and New Zealand's largest publishers.

The centre also won PANPA Technical Excellence awards in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and in 2014.

The centre operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, consuming 223 tonnes of newsprint across 150 print runs - 70% of which are for in-house publications.

It provides jobs for 72 permanent and 52 casual staff, the core of whom did their apprenticeships and developed their trade and technical skills on the old Sunshine Coast Newspaper presses: first beside Cornmeal Creek opposite where Sunshine Plaza now sits and later at the Daily's current Newspaper Place address.

Many have been with the company for 30 years.

Mr Carson said although daily newspapers operated to tight schedules, the nature of the industry demanded flexibility. It's a juggling act at the best of times, given the volume the site handles, but efficiencies built through close collaboration with staff and a structured exchange of ideas has allowed a 15% increase in production at no additional cost. Newsprint waste is also kept to 5%.

Mr Carson said ironically new PM Malcom Turnbull had been guest speaker at the 2014 PANPA forum. He found no consensus for proposed amendments to cross- media ownership laws.