Lo­cal rag in­spires young­ster to create his own

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THE nine-year-old son of South­ern Downs MP James Lis­ter was flown to Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal on Tues­day af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with menin­gi­tis.

The el­dest of Mr Lis­ter’s chil­dren, Jeremy was first taken to Stan­thorpe Hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing flown to Toowoomba.

Just a cou­ple days prior to his med­i­cal in­ci­dent, Jeremy spoke to the Bor­der Post about his love for me­dia.

THE loss of print is likely to be a dev­as­tat­ing blow to the el­derly and tra­di­tion­al­ists in our com­mu­nity but there’s one nine-year-old who’ll miss it just as much.

Jeremy Lis­ter, the son of Mem­ber for South­ern Downs James Lis­ter and wife Belinda, has a fas­ci­na­tion with the printed prod­uct.

For more than a year, the young­ster has been putting to­gether his own pa­per, the Mary News, in­spired by the Bor­der Post.

“I first started writ­ing my pa­per 12 months ago with a hand­writ­ten pa­per,” Jeremy said.

“Mum used to pho­to­copy it for me and we sent it out to our rel­a­tives and friends.

“Now I write the Mary News on the com­puter and Mum sends it out by email, but I still pre­fer a printed copy.”

Jour­nal­ism runs in the fam­ily.

“I started read­ing The Aus­tralian and then de­cided to write my own pa­per about our prop­erty Marymeadow,” Jeremy said.

“My aunty Amanda is also a jour­nal­ist in Canberra.

“I re­ally en­joy read­ing the pa­per and writ­ing sto­ries about our prop­erty.

“I like to col­lect old news­pa­pers and also news­pa­pers from small towns like the Al­lora Ad­ver­tiser and the Clifton Courier.

“When­ever we go for a drive out of town I like to col­lect the lo­cal pa­per.”

Jeremy’s fa­ther is of­ten the fo­cus of news out­lets and it seems Mr Lis­ter can­not es­cape his own son.

“My favourite thing to write about is our fam­ily and mil­i­tary his­tory,” Jeremy said.

“Some­times I write about what Mum is grow­ing in the gar­den or where Dad has been.

“I’m very sad that the Bor­der Post will not be printed any­more.

“I don’t like read­ing the pa­per or books on the com­puter.

“I only like to read real news­pa­pers.”

It might be the end of print for now but Jeremy in­sists he will re­tain an in­ter­est.

“When I’m older I would like to join the De­fence Force and maybe write ar­ti­cles in the Army News,” he said.

The staff at the Bor­der Post wish Jeremy a speedy re­cov­ery and send our thoughts and prayers to the Lis­ter fam­ily.



Pic­ture: Belinda Lis­ter

FAS­CI­NA­TION: Jeremy Lis­ter with a copy of the Mary News.

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