Time to say farewell to com­mu­nity

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Patrick Tansey

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.

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