Looks like there’s a new kid in town...

The Western Star - - NEWS OPINION - Joshua Macree Joshua.Macree@west­ern­starnews.com

I’M FI­NALLY here and rar­ing to go. Hav­ing grown up in a leafy in­ner-city sub­urb of Syd­ney, to say that I’m out of my com­fort zone in Roma would be an un­der­state­ment.

How­ever, the lure of a new op­por­tu­nity, warmer weather and a win­ning State of Ori­gin team was too good to pass up.

I’ll ad­mit, it was the lit­tle things like get­ting over the lack of day­light sav­ings, as I found my­self wak­ing up to bright day­light most morn­ings. But after be­com­ing ac­cus­tomed to the heat, brighter skies and the smell of ad­ven­ture, no doubt I’ll be­gin to con­sider my­self an hon­orary Queens­lan­der.

It was dif­fi­cult to con­tain my ex­cite­ment as I zoomed through the Dar­ling Downs, pass­ing count­less road-trains and rows of golden wheat. I can’t wait to dis­cover what makes the peo­ple of Roma tick, and what is­sues they care deeply about.

As a jour­nal­ist, you’re taught never take no for an an­swer and I prom­ise to serve this com­mu­nity to the best of my abil­ity while al­ways car­ry­ing a smile.

This was a role I could never have en­vi­sioned and that’s what ex­cites me most.

I’m still yet to visit the Big Rig and Bas­sett Park, but I’m sure I’ll get to it.

No doubt you’ll see me out and about, so don’t be afraid to ap­proach me, shake my hand and share a yarn.

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