I’m glad to hear the din­goes are safe

South Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Chris­tian Berechree chris­tian.berechree@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

I HAVE made no se­cret of my sup­port for Si­mon Stret­ton and his din­goes.

I know din­goes are not the most loved or lov­able an­i­mal out there, but I ad­mire Si­mon’s ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion for these crea­tures.

He is ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness and con­serv­ing the species, and I feel we could all learn some­thing from him.

So when his sanc­tu­ary was at risk of clos­ing be­cause of com­pli­ca­tions with bank re­pay­ments, I and the rest of the team helped drum up some sup­port, in what­ever way we could.

I was so re­lieved to hear he had come to an agree­ment with the bank and his sanc­tu­ary was now safe.

I am sure he will still feel fi­nan­cial pres­sure, but he is able to con­tinue his work, which is fan­tas­tic.

As I have said be­fore, Si­mon’s strug­gle is not just about one man’s work.

It is not just about the lives of a few an­i­mals, which many peo­ple have prob­lems with.

It is about sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity and com­ing to­gether when it mat­ters.

As a mem­ber of the me­dia, I of­ten feel there is a lot of neg­a­tiv­ity to re­port on, and it can feel over­whelm­ing at times.

Si­mon’s story was sad, and it could have been tragic.

I am glad it had a happy end­ing, and I am happy we had a pos­i­tive story to re­port.

If you haven’t been yet, make sure you go visit Si­mon and his din­goes in Durong.

While you’re at it, check out as many of the other lo­cal sites and at­trac­tions as you can.

If we don’t ac­tively sup­port our com­mu­nity, busi­nesses, events and or­gan­i­sa­tions, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore oth­ers end up in the same sit­u­a­tion as Si­mon.

So go, visit what there is to visit, spend your money and even think about sign­ing up as a vol­un­teer.

Your com­mu­nity will thank you for it.

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