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Exciting new chapter for Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine

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The region’s only premium lifestyle glossy publication, Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine, is set for an exciting new chapter.

After five successful years at the helm, Cornelia Schulze and Julie Hancock are handing over the reins to Newcastle Weekly owner and publisher Nicole Shelley.

Founded by Phil and Marilyn Collins in 2003, the quarterly offering quickly became an institution in the local community, with newsagents in Newcastle, Cessnock, Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Dungog, Raymond Terrace, Port Stephens, Nelson Bay, Forster-Tuncurry, Taree, Port Macquarie, Scone, Gloucester and select areas of Sydney and the ACT stocking the sought-after periodical. 

Cornelia Schulze is handing over the reins of Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine to Newcastle Weekly owner and publisher Nicole Shelley. Photo: Kait Walker

Then, in 2018, co-owners Ms Schulze and Ms Hancock continued the strong legacy.

“We recently celebrated two decades of Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine,” the former said.

“We’ve had the privilege of inviting our readers inside gorgeous homes and of sharing fascinating stories with them.

“Publishing a local lifestyle magazine is more than a job.

“It’s like writing a quarterly, public love letter to this region that has so much to offer… and we have poured our heart and soul into every edition.

“So, this is very much a bittersweet announcement to make.

“We have decided it’s time for us to pass the baton to a group of people who are just as passionate about this magazine as we are.”

The pair knows Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine will be in good hands when Ms Shelley and her team take over from autumn 2024.

The Novocastrian boasts the expertise, dedication and commitment to take it into its next decade and beyond.

Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine is a much-loved publication, cherished by both locals and those who would like to be locals,” Ms Shelley said.

“Like a great piece of art, I see myself as the next custodian of this premium journal rather than the new owner.

“Together with my team, our plan is to continue to develop the brand and to further add to its multi-channel reach into premium local audiences, yet without changing the magazine’s core focus and top-notch quality.”

That’s music to the ears of Ms Hancock.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine flourish under Nicole’s ownership,” he said.

“We would like to thank all our commercial partners, our readers and subscribers who have been with us on this journey of a lifetime and ask them to support her with the same loyalty they have extended to us.”

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