Community spirit editor's focus

Great memories: Eric Kontos is hanging up his newspaperman's hat.Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Great memories: Eric Kontos is hanging up his newspaperman's hat.Picture: Wesley Lonergan

HE STARTED work as a young reporter in Liverpool in 1978 and after 36 years in various locations across Sydney this old newspaperman will end his career where it all began.

Eric Kontos was editor of the Liverpool City Champion for more than eight years, between 2004 and 2012. More recently he was the Fairfax Community Newspapers group sports editor based at Liverpool.

Previously, he was editor of the Macarthur Advertiser for 10 years between 1994 and 2004.

Mr Kontos has just taken voluntary redundancy at Fairfax Community Newspapers after 21 years and today, Wednesday May 7, marks his last day at work.

"When I was appointed editor at the Champion, one of the changes we made to the paper was ramping up its coverage of events that promoted community spirit," he said.

"The paper even started organising its own annual charity golf day as a way of getting the Liverpool community to come together for a common cause.

"Of course there were plenty of other issues but to me building community spirit and pride in the town was the No.1 priority for Liverpool. I thought if you got that right the rest would follow.

"The current council seems to have got the message and there have been massive improvements in the past three years; Liverpool is now on the right track and things will only get better and better."

As for the future, Mr Kontos says retirement is the last thing on his mind.

"I'm going to have a little break for a few weeks and then have a look at a few ideas, such as PR work and online publishing.

"Whatever I do though, I'm determined that a good part of it will be giving back to Liverpool because the people of Liverpool have given me so much."

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