Pleased to meet you
THIS week I have taken over the Isis Town & Country while Jim has been on leave and I must say, at first I was slightly nervous
The thought of coming in to a small, close-knit community had me feeling a little intimidated with constant thoughts running through my mind such as "What if they hate how I have put the paper together?"
However, after my first day in Childers at the very start of the week, all of those worries were put to ease when I had the opportunity to meet some lovely local people and to see exactly what the community is all about.
So a little about me: I have worked at the Bundaberg NewsMail for
more than five years in various roles. I love meeting new people and enjoy the challenge that being a reporter brings.
One of those challenges I faced this week when I met up with Donna Duncan to interview her as part of The Palace Memorial spread on pages 4 and 5.
When the tragedy of The Palace backpacker fire occurred 15 years ago, I was just 10 years old. I grew up hearing about it but never knew the in-depth details.
After speaking with Donna and listening to her voice falter as she recounted events, after seeing Bill Trevor tear up as he sat at The Palace Memorial to pay his respects and after researching past articles, I have to say I am so impressed and in awe of this community. Although Childers is a small rural town, the hearts of the people in it certainly don’t lack in size. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you, Childers.
I grew up hearing about it but never knew the in-depth details