AFTER 26 years operating The Spectator’s printing press, Jeff Jellie is leaving Hamilton to play with bigger toys.
The grandfather and Penshurst farmer will travel to and from Ballarat, where he will work in Fairfax Media’s upgraded printing centre.
Mr Jellie was around before coloured printing and is acutely aware he could be there to see it all come to an end.
As most media organisations make the move towards online, Mr Jellie accepts that his retirement could coincide with the end of newspapers as we know them.
“My message to the community is to support the local paper, because if you don’t it won’t be here,” he said.
“Hopefully this new job will last long enough for me to retire because I’m too old to go shearing.”
Mr Jellie started working in The Spectator’s commercial department in 1988, before moving into production and learning how to run the web press.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, February 15, 2014.