A warm welcome to Samantha…

Samantha Wantling has been welcomed to the ''Free Times team''...a familiar face across the Granite Belt...

The Southern Free Times this week welcomed Samantha Wantling to our team – joining Lisa Crouch as an Advertising Sales Executive. Samantha is a well-known identity in the Stanthorpe area and will be familiar to many in the local business community – a warm welcome to Samantha – and here’s what she had to say about her new role in her own words …


“It’s funny how when one door closes another one always opens!

“From a very early age I was taught to never look back on the things you regret, always look forward to the things that you know were in your heart all along. So when I was offered the chance to join the team at the Free Times, it was my heart that told me to take the step through that door.

“Working with a team that is passionate about newspapers and believes in being a strong voice for our local community ticked all my boxes. Community newspapers are something I am very passionate about – so much so I have been the president of the Queensland Country Press Association (QCPA) for the past two years. I am a firm believer in the independence of the media and with everyone having access to news with no hidden costs associated.

“For those who don’t know me, my name is Samantha Wantling and I am the new Granite Belt Advertising Sales Executive recruit at the Free Times.

“I am married, have three daughters and three beautiful grandchildren (and another eagerly awaited one on the way), all whom are the absolute light of my life.

“My hometown is Stanthorpe and you will soon come to know, I am not backward in singing the praises of the Granite Belt.

“With a background of nearly 10 years in sales on the Southern Downs I am excited to be able to help bring your business and this region to a new level through both our print products and our premium digital marketing strategies.

“I look forward to revisiting those of you I have known for a lifetime, and getting to know many new faces and businesses.”

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