Thanks for the mem­o­ries

To­day is see you later not good­bye for­ever, Balonne

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS - Laura Telford laura.telford@balon­nebea­con.com.au

ALL good things must come to an end, and it is with a sad heart I sit in my of­fice and fin­ish up my last Balonne Bea­con.

Com­ing to the Balonne Shire as a timid 20-year-old, this week I leave as a 22-year-old who has fallen in love with your lit­tle patch of south-west Queens­land.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that in such a short amount of time I would make mem­o­ries that would last a life­time – the good, the great and the not so good.

In my first month in St Ge­orge, I be­came a house renter, my car was bogged at Flin­ton, I fell prey to heat­stroke at the Dir­ran­bandi show and I had my first look at coun­cil elec­tions.

Af­ter a few weeks, I was soon known around town as the new Bea­con lady who “was not from around here,” but that suited me fine, with peo­ple bend­ing over back­wards to help me set­tle in.

Once the weather cooled to a man­age­able de­gree, I soon un­der­stood why lo­cals love liv­ing here.

Look­ing back, the past 18 months have been a whirl­wind of ex­pe­ri­ences, from learn­ing to shoot a gun, dis­cov­er­ing a love of bal­let and try­ing my hand at dragon boat racing to vol­un­teer­ing at the Blue Light dis­cos and events dur­ing the year, get­ting an up close and per­sonal look of the Aus­tralian Army and so much more.

Though it was not with­out heartache, when an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent meant tak­ing a two-month hia­tus af­ter break­ing my col­lar­bone last Au­gust.

Thank you so very much, Balonne Shire, for tak­ing me un­der your wing and be­com­ing my sur­ro­gate fam­ily.

Un­til next time, good­bye.

❝ Never did I think I would make mem­o­ries that would last a life­time.

PHOTO: BRETT NOSSE

GOOD­BYE: Jour­nal­ist Laura is fin­ish­ing up at the Bea­con this week af­ter 18 months on the job.

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