Porepunkah author to share her passion for storytelling
Chamber wants heritage tourism focus
AS a girl, Laura Simpson (pictured) loved novels like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, which sparked her love of romance.
She published her first story, which was about the bushfires which ravaged the Dandenong Ranges near her home, at the age of 11.
However, despite her early passion for storytelling it was some time before she decided to make a career out of writing.
“Through working and studying, I realised that being a lawyer wasn’t for me and that there are other ways to win hearts and minds,” she said.
“I have spent the last 14 years as an advocate against poverty, but the desire to change the world through storytelling has only got stronger.”
Ms Simpson now lives in Porepunkah with her husband and daughter.
“When I am not doing the whole mum thing, working, renovating our farmhouse or trying to do laundry blearyeyed at midnight, I am writing,” she said.
Her novel, ‘Beyond Today’, set in the Alpine Valleys, is a love story but does not shy away from big social issues such as family violence, mental health and confidentiality.
Ms Simpson will present a talk on her latest book at the Bright Library on Tuesday, May 22, Mt Beauty Library on Wednesday, May 23 and Myrtleford Library on Tuesday, May 29.
All three talks will take place between 5pm and 6pm.
BEECHWORTH and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry has sent five key heritage topics as “urgent” matters for Indigo Shire Council to consider.
The chamber met with representatives from council last week, ahead of the new tourism strategy to be released by the council on May 24.
BDCOC has been lobbying council to return its tourism focus to heritage and history, rather than promoting the historic shire as a food and cycle tourism destination, which BDCOC president Elisabeth Mason says almost any town can claim.
Ms Mason lat month said that the town’s business and tourism sector was suffering from a lack of promotion about Beechworth’s heritage buildings and gold mining history.
She said those concerns were again raised at the meeting along with arguments against the ‘Game Changer’ 2023 consultant’s report commissioned by Indigo Shire late last year.
“We are now at crisis point and we have a list of repairs that urgently need to be made to the current tourism strategy before more businesses cease to operate and more empty shops and accommodation places come up for sale,” Ms Mason said.