Happy, safe, healthy and prosperous new year to all brisbanetimes.com.au readers.

For many of you, 2012 was the first year you made our site your preferred option for news.

In September, unique audience statistics – regarded as industry standard – showed for the first time that brisbanetimes.com.au was the state’s leading news website, and was also the #1 news site on mobile.

It is an achievement of which we are extremely proud.

So for that, we thank you.

But we realise the journey doesn’t end here. Rather, this is where it begins – with your confidence and trust.

We have a firm commitment to be at the forefront of news and digital innovation. Yet, we bring you a long Fairfax Media tradition of independence, credibility and integrity.

It is our mission to set the highest of standards for quality news.

In 2013, you will see more live coverage, starting with a new desktop innovation we’ll be calling “Brisbane Live at Work”.

Simply click on the daily live story, leave it on your desktop and we’ll take you through the day’s news, as it breaks.

There will be more analysis, guest Q&A sessions, tips and advice from leaders in their field, and a focus on building communities of interest.

You’ll also see the launch of City2South on June 16, destined to become Brisbane’s largest charity Fun Run as thousands of people wind their way along a course which follows the Brisbane River and finishes at South Brisbane.

The Good Food Guide is back, this year with more featured restaurants. Hundreds of eateries are being rated right now.

And, of course, we continue our relationship with the Reds, Brisbane International Film Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Supanova, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Lord Mayor's Business Awards, and University of Queensland, to name a few.

Other key partnerships will be announced as the year progresses.

As we have grown over the past six years, so has our commitment to our city and our state.

We thank those who have joined us for at least part of that time.

Now, we welcome those who in 2013 will join the growing bandwagon of supporters who are choosing to make brisbanetimes.com.au their primary choice of news coverage.

Simon Holt, managing editor