Gra­hame bids Co­bram farewell

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The Co­bram Courier re­grets to report that Gra­hame Whyte has suf­fered a stroke and will not be re­turn­ing to the pa­per.

But at the same time is pleased to say he is re­cov­er­ing well.

Mr Whyte had re­joined the Courier in July af­ter a 10-year hia­tus dur­ing which he had worked in Mel­bourne and Viet­nam.

He was re­leased from Bal­larat Hos­pi­tal last week and while his prog­no­sis for a full re­cov­ery is ex­cel­lent he will be in re­hab with his fine mo­tor skills for at least two months.

‘‘It is un­for­tu­nate, as I was en­joy­ing be­ing back in the coun­try, and in Co­bram,’’ Mr Whyte said.

‘‘And I had re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the warm wel­comes I have re­ceived in my short time back at the Courier and thank peo­ple for their sup­port,’’ he said.

‘‘I have had some amaz­ing ad­ven­tures in re­cent years, es­pe­cially with my work over­seas, and am sorry my time has been cut so short at the pa­per.

‘‘But I guess my next ad­ven­ture will be get­ting my­self back into shape, although my doc­tors have been pretty im­pressed with progress to date, so that’s a good sign and a good start.’’

McPher­son Me­dia Group editor (non-dailies) An­drew Mole said it was dis­ap­point­ing to lose Mr Whyte.

‘‘I had ac­tu­ally taken over a mag­a­zine from Gra­hame af­ter he had left for Viet­nam (the Grape­grower & Wine­maker in South Aus­tralia) and we had shared a laugh at catch­ing up again a few years later in an­other state and an­other part of the in­dus­try,’’ Mr Mole said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one at MMG wishes Gra­hame well with his on­go­ing re­cov­ery and the next stage of his ca­reer, which we have no doubt will be a suc­cess,’’ he said.

The pa­per will be ad­ver­tis­ing for a re­place­ment for Mr Whyte and un­til that ap­point­ment is made jour­nal­ists from within the group will be writ­ing for the Courier.

‘‘We ap­pre­ci­ate the pa­tience and sup­port of our read­ers while we work to cover this un­ex­pected va­cancy,’’ Mr Mole said.

Con­tact de­tails for editorial re­main the same. You can email sto­ries and pic­tures to editor@ co­bram­ or phone the of­fice on 5872 1144.

Thanks for the sup­port: Gra­hame Whyte’s time at the he is on the road to re­cov­ery. Courier has been cut short due to ill­ness, but

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