Ap­pre­ci­ate com­mu­nity as­set

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY - Sa­man­tha Wantling

PEO­PLE say you don’t know what you’ve got un­til it’s gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you’d lose it.

Now don’t jump the gun, the Border Post is go­ing nowhere but, like all great com­mu­nity as­sets, some­times you need to step back and ap­pre­ci­ate what you have.

This year the Border Post cel­e­brated its 145th birth­day and, in the scheme of Stan­thorpe busi­nesses, that is a mas­sive achieve­ment.

There have been many changes in 145 years of pub­li­ca­tion – paper size, of­fice lo­ca­tion, print­ing meth­ods, in­tro­duc­tion of colour – and, even with all these changes, the Border Post con­tin­ues to thrive, boast­ing grow­ing circulation fig­ures which make most dailies ask what we are do­ing right.

We are one of the few Aus­tralian papers grow­ing and that is not only due to what we do but is largely a re­sult of you, the peo­ple of the Gran­ite Belt.

I am the first to ad­mit that work­ing at the Border Post you will re­ceive crit­i­cism and I have learnt to ac­cept what is thrown at me and ei­ther learn from it or ig­nore it.

But some­times there comes a stage when you need to speak up. There are four peo­ple who turn up for work at our of­fice ev­ery day.

We all live lo­cally, pay rent/mort­gages, buy gro­ceries and cloth­ing, eat lo­cally, buy medicines, visit our doc­tors, are in­volved in clubs and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

We, as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, are not per­fect and I am the first to ad­mit we don’t al­ways get it right, but ev­ery sin­gle one of us does his or her job for this com­mu­nity.

We don’t have crys­tal balls, we don’t al­ways know what is go­ing on in the com­mu­nity and rely on feed­back from you all.

We are open to gen­uine sug­ges­tions and try to sup­port as many clubs, com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses as pos­si­ble.

We are the ma­jor spon­sor of the Ap­ple and Grape, Stan­thorpe Show, Snowflakes in Stan­thorpe, Johnny Cash Fes­ti­val, Stan­thorpe races and sup­port many other events.

I am pos­i­tive there are few who know ex­actly what we do give back and, if we stopped giv­ing, what would hap­pen to some of these events you take for granted?

The Border Post is the clos­est link we have to our past, our com­mu­nity now and our fu­ture. We have recorded the pass­ing pa­rade of events, sport­ing tri­umphs, our po­lit­i­cal arena, new life and the pass­ing of lo­cals, changes in our dy­namic com­mu­nity, the laugh­ter and some­times, sadly, the tears.

We pro­vide a life­line to lo­cal busi­nesses that need your sup­port to thrive with advertising and in­for­ma­tion.

So, my re­quest to­day is a sim­ple one – value your lo­cal paper, don’t take us for granted. Like a lot of busi­nesses, me­dia is a hard game and we need your sup­port.

Write to us, en­gage with us and even ad­ver­tise with us. En­cour­age chil­dren to read the Border Post and to take an in­ter­est in the com­mu­nity they are grow­ing up in.

Tell your lo­cal busi­ness own­ers you saw their ad in the Border Post.

This is your paper and you’ll be sorry if ever we’re not there one day.

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