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The West Australian logoThe West Australian Newspapers (WAN) group is farewelling 32 staff who have all accepted redundancies.

WAN editor Anthony de Ceglie said the move was part of long-term plans to integrate The West Australian and the Sunday Times staff into a seven-day newsroom.

Some of those moving on from The West are hardened veterans such as state political editor Gary Adshead and health editor Cathy O'Leary, both 2018 WA Media Awards honourees.

"It's always sad to see people go, there's a trauma involved in saying goodbye to legends of the game. Gary is definitely one of them, but we move on. The show goes on and there'll obviously be a paper put out tomorrow still. So to be honest, the real tragic part of Gary leaving is I feel like I've only had a few months to work with him," de Ceglie said of Adshead.

Magazine editor Sue Yeap, politics reporters Daniel Mercer and Phoebe Wearne, general news reporter Claire Tyrell, and sports reporter Bridget Lacy, among others, are also leaving.

It didn’t take long for media colleagues to respond to the staffing cutback.

Post Newspapers managing editor Bret Christian said the redundancies sapped WAN’s capability to cover the entire state.

"You can't replace that level of experience and knowledge and talent with young reporters, no matter how good they are, no matter how talented they are, no matter how promising and well-educated they are, because the older reporters have the experience and the contacts and the knowledge,” he stressed.

Deputy Premier Roger Cook expressed hope that the redundancies would not limit the media’s role in ensuring government accountability.

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