Time to say farewell to community
The new year is now in clear sight and with it comes new beginnings and new goals for most people across the world.
I will be no different and I thought I would take this opportunity to say my farewells.
On Friday, my time in Cobram and at The Courier comes to an end.
After 12 months at the helm, there have been plenty of fond memories made, lessons learnt and positive working relationships established.
Being my first job as a journalist and taking on the responsibility of running a newspaper in a foreign town has been a testing challenge, but one I’ve learnt a great deal from.
As a journalist, I am in a privileged position in the sense I get to meet so many interesting people.
I have been lucky enough to hear some wonderful personal stories; from a 75-year-old love story across two countries, to a group of regular Aussie blokes pushing their bodies to extraordinary lengths and cycling 6000 km for Alzheimer’s research.
I have witnessed the community come up with various initiatives to support our farmers in the midst of yet another drought and have had people willing to share with me their own stories of anguish — courageously in many instances.
I have been in the unique situation of attending an alleged homicide scene and have had the displeasure of doing what no journalist ever wants to do — attend and report on a serious car collision.
It is true no day is ever the same in this role and I’m not sure many people could say that about their work.
I just want to say a big thank you to all the people who have helped me along the way, shared their story with me or have suggested someone who deserved to have their story told.
It’s been a pleasure learning about this town, its people and the wonderful things that take place here on a weekly basis.
Farewell for now.