Manly Observer is an experiment in providing non-sensationalist hyperlocal news in the Manly ward region (lower Northern Beaches). 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.
Editor, Manly Observer
Hi I am Kim Smee, the founder and editor of Manly Observer. I live in Little Manly with my husband and son and I earn a crust as a freelance communications advisor. I am a swinging voter and have no affiliation with any political parties or commercial brands.
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, for those wanting creds. I am also a Board Director for national charity Assistance Dogs Australia, 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 am learning to Ocean Swim from Shelly Beach to Manly with Can Too on weekends. 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. I hope it is a useful community resource and I welcome any suggestions for improvement or news tips.
Hit me up on [email protected]
Thanks for the fab reporting - especially during lockdown, which must have taken over your own Xmas hols.
Just started following your insta. Glad to support local news
Great work kim, keep it up.
thanks for keeping the local news alive