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