The Foothills Magazine

download the foothillsAbout the Foothills

Mission Statement

To develop a community newspaper to benefit Tecoma, Upwey & Upper Ferntree Gully residents, businesses and community groups.

About Us

The Foothills, published through Coonara Community House in Upper Ferntree Gully, provides information on environmental projects, local personalities, business editorials, significant places and historical events. It is a full color newspaper which arrives in the community once every two months. We also have space for advertisers who provide funding for the newspaper. The foothills is staffed by dedicated volunteers who have a passion for sharing news, developing their skills and enjoy being part of a committed group. We are always looking for new faces to help out. If you would like to gain experience in:

  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Sales
  • Publicity/Advertising
  • Writing/Journalism
  • Researching
  • Distribution

then please call 9758 7081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also encourage you to let us know how we’re going. Please don’t hesitate to notify us of any new story ideas or suggestions for improvements.

Advertise in The Foothills

We are committed to the businesses and community groups in these suburbs and we ask for your support to continue this great venture. The advertising rates are much cheaper than other newspapers. For businesses who advertise for all six editions, per calendar year, we are able to offer a web page, dedicated to your business, at no extra charge.
If you would like to advertise, please contact Coonara Community House on 9758 7081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Advertising Guide & Costs

There are a variety of different sizes to choose from. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you an Advertising Guide, which specifies sizes, costs and ad specs.

If you require assistance in having an ad designed, our graphic designers are able to produce these ads to your style at a nominal cost.

Advertising Deadlines

The Foothills is a full colour glossy magazine which arrives in the community every three months.
Deadlines are as follows for each year:

  • (Autumn) March – May edition – submissions due 31 January
  • (Winter) June – August  – submissions due 30 April
  • (Spring) September – November – submissions due 31 July
  • (Summer) December – January – submissions due 31 October

Distribution

The Foothills magazine is distributed in Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey and Tecoma. 

We have volunteers who drop copies of the newspaper to the local businesses and various pick up points. Pick up points include:

  • Magpie House (Upwey)
  • Abitza Cafe (Upwey)
  • Somersault (Ferntree Gully)
  • Bendigo Bank (Upwey)
  • Coonara Community House (Upper Ferntree Gully)
  • Bon Ton (Tecoma)
  • Various coffee shops in Tecoma/Upwey/Upper Ferntree Gully area

Please Note: Maxi Foods will not stock The Foothills anymore – however, you are able to obtain a copy at UPPER FERNTREE GULLY NEWSAGENT.  We love their support of this local magazine!

If your area has run out of The Foothills, please contact Coonara Community House on 9758 7081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We would be grateful if you are able to visit Coonara Community House, at 22 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, to pick up a box and distribute them in the local area. If you are interested please contact Coonara Community House.

Submissions

If you are interested in contributing an article or advertising - please email the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coonara Community House is a proud member of the Knox Learning Alliance.