Spend­ing long hours on the road, trav­el­ling around the coun­try to bring you in­spir­ing sto­ries is what we do. And each story is spe­cial to the team

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that works on it. One such story is on page 102 in this is­sue. It be­came known as ‘The Bri­ans’ as it did the rounds in the of­fice, as two Bri­ans fea­ture promi­nently in it — Brian Mca­tee, the pres­i­dent of the Lions Club of Townsville–cas­tle Hill, and Brian Egan, founder of Aussie Helpers. Eighty per cent of Queens­land is now drought de­clared and the two Bri­ans have joined forces to as­sist those on the land who are strug­gling. For this story, we spoke to cat­tle farm­ers Michael and Jodie Knuth, who the Bri­ans have helped, and their words bring the harsh re­al­ity of drought into fo­cus. “I’m not al­ways strong. Some days you feel rick­ety and wound-up: you can see what’s go­ing wrong, but you feel pow­er­less to do any­thing. It wears you down. You hear about peo­ple com­mit­ting sui­cide and you can see how they get to that point,” Michael told our writer Claire Mac­tag­gart. I’ve al­ways thought car­ing for our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties shouldn’t just come to mind in times of cri­sis. Show­ing your sup­port can be as sim­ple as buy­ing pro­duce at a farm­ers’ mar­ket, or de­cid­ing to hol­i­day in a re­gional area. A great ex­am­ple of how a coun­try town has used food tourism to ben­e­fit the lo­cal econ­omy is Or­ange, in cen­tral-west NSW, and it is the fo­cus of the first in our Cam­paign for Coun­try se­ries, start­ing on page 63. Recog­nis­ing tal­ent and in­no­va­tion is an es­sen­tial part of this Cam­paign — and there is a lot of it out there as our act­ing as­so­ciate editor Cather­ine Mccor­mack dis­cov­ered when she worked on New Gen­er­a­tion on page 66. “The en­ergy around all th­ese peo­ple is most in­spir­ing — a can-do spirit. They were all great, but I loved Lach­lan Cooke be­cause I wished I’d been con­fi­dent enough to start up some­thing mean­ing­ful and steer the di­rec­tion of my life so boldly in my teen years.” I think that’s some­thing many of us can re­late to.

En­joy the is­sue.

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