Regional media bosses are lobbying the government to relax regulations they say are hurting their businesses.
Without sustainable funding for news, newspapers will continue to die, leaving communities with fewer local news options.
The Morrison government will provide 107 publishers and broadcasters with a share of $50 million in funding to support news services for regional Australians.
Halls Creek unofficial mayor Gerard Gallagher and his wife, Lucy, have started a petition against changes to the Local Government Act that allow local councils to forego advertisements of council notices and major development applications in the paper.
The move follows weeks of delays and has come amid a collapse in advertising that has ravaged the sector, forcing dozens of titles and news bulletins to close at the cost of hundreds of jobs.
Regional media companies have urged the government to speed up the release of the $50-million relief package.