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Manly Observer is an experiment in providing non-sensationalist hyperlocal news chiefly covering the Manly electorate (lower Northern Beaches from Manly to Dee Why).  It is run by those living in the community for the benefit of an informed community. That’s it. Simple.

We will endeavour to be as direct and clear as we can, with the occasional quirky pun or bit of observational humour or conversational tone.

Objectivity is near impossible. It’s like trying to stop the aggressive Manly seagulls from pinching your chips! You’ll probably fail but you at least have to put in a few kicks and strive for success.

We will do our best to be free, frank, and fair always.

​Kim Smee
​Editor, Manly Observer

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Kim who?

Hi I am Kim Smee, the founder and editor of Manly Observer. I live in the Manly electorate with my husband and two children. I am a swinging voter and have no affiliation with any political parties.

I am a former newspaper editor, local government reporter, radio news producer, media advisor and PR account director. I have an honours degree in politics and bachelor of media. I have recently finished a five year tenure as Board Director for national charity Assistance Dogs Australia, I am a former volunteer for Seaforth-based Australian Doctors International, and a recent recruit to Manly’s One Meal service for those doing it tough.

I was recently announced as an ambassador for LocaKind Northern Beaches, which helps our region’s most disadvantaged get the support they need.

 I am obsessed with crosswords and puns, I fall over and hurt myself an inordinate amount, and have food stains on all of my white shirts. What I lack in grace I make up for with integrity.

I started Manly Observer because I am passionate about the fourth estate and informed communities. Manly Observer’s aim first and foremost is to be useful – useful with its relevant information, its community support and useful however needed in times of crisis.  

Have a suggestion to make? Hit me up on editor@manlyobserver.com.au