Until next time, it’s goodbye from me
WHAT a year it has been.
It goes without saying that moving from Sydney to work in a small country town I had never even heard of was a massive risk.
I can gladly report that I had nothing to worry about.
It didn’t take me long to find myself a community I can truly call my second home and who welcomed me with open arms, offering a level of hospitality that can’t be found in a big city.
From covering the hard-hitting issues such as vegetation management laws to more relaxed weekend charity balls, my experience in Roma has been nothing short of an eye-opener and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
I thank you, the locals of the Maranoa, for introducing me to one of the most fascinating regions in the country and sharing your stories with me.
There’s often a lot of disconnect between regional communities and those in the cities but I’ve learned that we are more similar than we can ever imagine.
In saying that, it’s been an amazing experience to discover the issues that really matter to people in the country.
I can’t wait to one day return to the region and see how much it has transformed since my time here. The Maranoa has a lot to look forward to, with the development of a new hospital, extensive upgrades to the Roma Saleyards and new roads all in the pipeline.
I won’t say goodbye, because I know I’ll be back.
So until next time, the Maranoa, I bid you farewell.