What Chinchilla means to me

Chinchilla News - - NEWS OPINION - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chillanews.com.au

FAR-flung crops burnt red with sorghum as far as I can see.

Wind­mills, dirt tracks, akubras, dusty boots and knees.

Tight knit com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing amongst the trees.

This is what the Chinchilla re­gion has come to mean to me.

I’ve been here for a year now, telling your sto­ries in these newsprint pages.

I’ve met in­cred­i­ble peo­ple do­ing in­cred­i­ble things, and seen what it means to be part of a small town that’s been here for ages.

I’ve learned of your strug­gles, your tri­umphs, your in­de­fati­ga­ble spirit. Thank you.

Thank you Chinchilla, Tara, Miles, Wan­doan, and all the other com­mu­ni­ties in our re­gion, for shar­ing your sto­ries with me.

When I moved out here, I was a green uni grad just out of home.

And thanks to you all, I’ve grown.

This is such a vi­brant com­mu­nity, and I feel so hon­oured to be a part of it be­ing wel­comed into the Miles Art Group, be­com­ing a reg­u­lar at the lo­cal cafes, get­ting to know so many of you in so many ways.

Of course it’s not per­fect nowhere ever is - but I don’t think I could have found a bet­ter place to start my ca­reer.

In the great coun­try-city ar­gu­ment I’ve al­ways leaned more to­wards the coun­try side of things, and I’m so blessed to say that now, I live there.

I live here.

So thank you again, and I look for­ward to shar­ing more of your sto­ries.

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