Lit­tle town with big heart

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

WHEN I first set off on the drive to Monto, I won­dered if there would be enough to write about in a town of only 2500 peo­ple.

But although it’s small and iso­lated, Monto is the type of place where the peo­ple you meet mean you could never get bored and there is never enough time to write all the sto­ries out there.

I could fill a whole pa­per with the sto­ries a cou­ple of you tell me ev­ery week.

A year ear­lier, I would have never imag­ined clam­ber­ing through rail­way tun­nels, while bat­ting bats away with my note­book, or get­ting up one day to find my town to­tally sur­rounded by wa­ter.

And where else but Monto could you ex­pect to find a man who pulls a dingo car­cass out of his back freezer for a pho­to­graph, or meet a man who walked twice across Australia to get to Mun­gungo, and where even the rob­bers write sorry notes?

From the day I got here, when the ladies at the bowls club made me a cup of tea and told me that do­ing a story about the Mt Perry Rd would be a good place to start, get­ting to know this lit­tle com­mu­nity has been fan­tas­tic.

Monto holds some of the most pas­sion­ate and car­ing peo­ple I’ve ever met and I want to thank you all for shar­ing your sto­ries with me.

Cheers for call­ing in to the of­fice to say hi and hav­ing me round to tea and even mow­ing my lawn on more than one oc­ca­sion.

So good­bye for now, but I’m sure I’ll see you all again soon.

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