THANK YOU: Felicity Ripper departs the Central and North Burnett Times.
THANK YOU: Felicity Ripper departs the Central and North Burnett Times. Alex Treacy

Journalist thanks region for trusting her with your stories

I'VE NEVER been fond of writing opinion pieces.

I'm used to writing about other people's beliefs, but it's daunting when the spotlight is turned on my own views.

So, filling out these columns every other week has given me a great appreciation of what it takes for you to trust me to share your stories, and do them justice.

This is my last paper with the Times and I want to give a sincere thank you to all those who have opened up to me during the 15 months I've held this role.

When I first arrived in Gayndah, my little Astra packed to the roof, I was apprehensive about working in an office on my own in a town with few 20-somethings.

How was a vegetarian from the city going to gain the respect of born-and-bred locals in crop and cattle country?

But I was eager to learn about the backbone of Australia and story by story you gave me a real education.

From spending time with residents at Gunther Village, to learning how to play touch and breaking tragic news - in some ways you have really thickened my skin, and in others you have softened me up.

My time living in Gayndah has been the most transformative of my life.

Thank you to those who have stopped me in the supermarket to ask how I'm doing, called me to share a news tip or invited me to dinner.

You hold a special place in my heart.

Story ideas can be directed to Alex Treacy at alex.treacy@cnbtimes.com.au or 41614205.

A new journalist will arrive in the coming weeks to take my place.



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