Vanessa joins McIvor Times

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VANESSA Wilt­shire is the new jour­nal­ist at your McIvor Times.

She and her hus­band Trev “tree changed” from Mel­bourne to Heath­cote two-anda-half years ago after their once quiet town of Pak­en­ham be­came an outer sub­urb of Mel­bourne.

With Trev be­ing a ‘coun­try boy’, and Vanessa com­mut­ing up to five hours a day for work, both knew it was time to get out.

“I al­ways had a yearn­ing to live in the coun­try, ever since I was small,” Vanessa said.

“Now here I am, fi­nally do­ing what I love. Trev and I have bought a house in Heath­cote, we are very happy.”

Vanessa, who dreamt of be­com­ing a jour­nal­ist at age eight, grad­u­ated from Monash Univer­sity with a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness in 2004. For many years she worked in HR, which took her to Canada, France and around Aus­tralia, but Vanessa never felt as if it was her ‘thing’.

“I just wasn't happy,” she said.

When Vanessa moved to cen­tral Vic­to­ria, she fi­nally found a ca­reer that she loved; com­mu­nity and eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Work­ing for Mitchell Shire Coun­cil and more re­cently the Mem­ber for Euroa, Steph Ryan, she de­vel­oped a strong knowl­edge of, and love for, the re­gion.

Vanessa said she was look­ing for­ward to com­bin­ing her love of writ­ing, to­gether with get­ting to know the peo­ple and telling their sto­ries.

“I love lis­ten­ing to peo­ple and find­ing out why things are the way they are,” she said. “I’m aware this is a com­mu­nity full of his­tory and tra­di­tion. Many peo­ple have worked very hard – over mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions – to make Heath­cote what it is. I recog­nise this, and I am proud to join the com­mu­nity.”

To con­tact Vanessa email edi­[email protected]­times.com.au

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