As a set of fresh eyes, what can I do to help?

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

THIS week’s col­umn is in­ex­pertly para­phrased and ex­panded upon from a speech I gave when I was un­ex­pect­edly handed the mi­cro­phone at the North Bur­nett Agri­cul­ture Fo­rum.

My name is Jack Lawrie, I’m the Monto re­porter at the Cen­tral North Bur­nett Times, you can find me quite eas­ily in my of­fice on main street. The front is cur­rently blocked off by the fine boys work­ing on the pave­ment, but you can get in around the side. You can find my email in the pa­per, it’s pretty easy.

I don’t have a per­spec­tive on agri­cul­ture the way many of you do: I’m what you’d call a “shiny bum”. But I’ve been in this town for about a year and my favourite thing that I get to do is go out and visit all the dif­fer­ent farms to re­port on what’s hap­pen­ing.

Since com­ing here, I’ve heard a lot of talk from peo­ple who are wor­ried about the fu­ture of the com­mu­nity be­cause times are tough and that al­ways makes me sad. Be­cause in such a short time I’ve grown to re­spect and ad­mire this com­mu­nity and this cul­ture, and it makes me won­der: can I do some­thing about it?

So I’d like to re­it­er­ate, and say the same of the other Cen­tral North Bur­nett Times jour­nal­ists, please get in touch and share your sto­ries with us. Help us share your sto­ries, whether you want to brag about your suc­cesses, or raise aware­ness about the struggles you’re go­ing through.

I want to help in what­ever small way I can for as long as I’m still here.

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