New Bush Telegraph Independent Stories since 1987


The New Bush Telegraph is an independent online newspaper publishing across the south coast of NSW. The newspaper provides a progressive perspective on the important issues facing us today; from environment, sustainability and conservation, to climate change, human rights and social equity; as well as the local issues, actions, and events, arts, culture, music and people that make life on the south coast so precious and worthwhile.


The New Bush Telegraph is a community initiative with a proud history — in print since 1987. It has been at the forefront of many community based campaigns to protect the natural environment of the Shoalhaven region which is our home base.

Formally a quarterly print publication NBT distributed 4,000 copies across the Shoalhaven. Going online at the beginning of 2020 – due to a combination of our publisher Pat Thompson's illness and the shutdown of distribution channels due to the bushfires and then Covid-19, we also expanded to cover the entire south coast.


The New Bush Telegraph stands for editorial independence and truth in publishing. We seek to make a difference, helping to shape a tolerant and compassionate community. NBT is known for its longer style, well researched articles and quality photo visuals. NBT welcomes community journalism and plants a tree for every community article published.

Recent developments

Patrick Thompson has been the NBT editor for about 12 years until the last printed issue in December 2019. Pat was a publisher with a strong interest in environmental and social issues. Pat passed away in March 2020, he has left a great legacy with the NBT.

Bonnie Cassen is our new editor. Bonnie also has a great interest in environmental and social issues, has been a contributor to the NBT for many years and we are lucky to have her services. Ingrid Leusch has taken over as publisher. Ingrid worked with Pat for the last seven years, on the NBT and in his book publishing and distribution business Envirobook.

In October 2020 The New Bush Telegraph separated from Envirobook and became an incorporated association and not-for-profit organisation, launching this new website in November. We hope you like it as much as we do.

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