Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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NEWS 07 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 The Blackhawk photo that summed up 2011 DOMINIC ELSOME devastatin­g 2011 floods. Little Montannah was reunited a few days later with her hero. WO2 Young later recalled the conditions that day as “some of the worst’’ he’d ever flown in during his 12 years as an airman. On January 10, 2011 Grantham, Withcott and Helidon were devastated by flooding. Grantham was hit worst. The wall of water that descended on the town was described as an “inland tsunami”. Then on Tuesday, Laidley and Forest Hill were hit and hundreds of residents had to be airlifted to safety at Gatton. dominic.elsome@gattonstar.com.au IT WAS a moment that captivated the nation – a tiny child plucked from floodwater­s and carried to safety in the arms of an army airman. Tiny 13-month-old Montannah Creaser was rescued from flooded Forest Hill to Gatton in 2011 and carried to dry land by Warrant Officer Class 2 Tony Young, a member of the Blackhawk Army helicopter flight crew. The photo by Jack Tran appeared on the front pages of not just the but newspapers across Australia, and became an iconic moment from the The Australian’s Gatton Star FLOODS 2011: An Army helicopter crew member carries baby Montannah to safety after she was rescued from flooded Forest Hill. Picture: Jack Tran Former editor reflects on paper CHILLA JOHNSTON virus pandemic, we may never have thought it would be so sudden. Thankfully a number of newspapers have been earmarked to continue in digital form, among them being the where I was editor for about 22 years. When I first arrived at The Star in August 1985 it had a free saturation circulatio­n of about 7000 to households in the two close-knit shires of Gatton and Laidley. When I left in May 2007, it had a free (and paid) circulatio­n of about 20,000 serving the towns and rural areas in the shires of Gatton and Laidley plus the towns and surroundin­g rural areas in Marburg, Rosewood, Fernvale, Lowood and Esk. had tremendous support from the business houses and trades plus a wonderful advertisin­g sales staff which so often gave us more than ample editorial space. In commenting on newspaper closures the media union reportedly said regional media was the glue that held communitie­s together. Yes, but The Star country papers, has been far more than that. It has been a platform for debate (council elections, major developmen­t), the medium for scrutiny (councils and institutio­ns), an Ave for shared joy and pride (sporting, business and education success, an outlet for shared grief and support in times of natural disasters and tragedies and the major medium for the promotion of local businesses and events. I remember how deeply involved behind the scene in the effort to save Gatton College, the fight for domestic water and recycled water, the duplicatio­n of the Gatton Bypass. The “WE ALL saw it coming!” These were the words of my first mentor Joe Hoffmann in response to the news that across Australia about 160 regional newspapers under various ownerships would cease print production. Yes, but despite the corona- Star was Gatton Star Read Chilla Johnston’s full recap of his time at the Gatton Star, on the Star’s website. The Star, like other SHOP LOCAL EAT LOCAL Thank you to all the local shoppers within the region who have supported local business. Your patronage is greatly appreciate­d. SPEND LOCAL ENJOY LOCAL SPEND $10 IN-STORE OR LIKE & SHARE ONLINE FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A SHARE OF $250 IN LOCKYER VALLEY GIFT CARDS EVERY WEEK DON’T MISS OUT COMPETITIO­N CLOSES SUNDAY 28TH JUNE! Proudly supported by An Initiative of For a list of participat­ing businesses Find us on Facebook or via our website GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: • Gatton News Gifts & Stationery (IGA) • Gatton Plaza News • Newsxpress Laidley • Newsxpress Plainland www.lockyercha­mber.com.au V1 - TGSE01Z01M­A

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