Pleased to meet you

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Ash­ley Clark Re­porter ash­ley.clark@news-mail.com.au

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

Ash­ley Clark

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

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