After a stint much shorter than I expected, my time with the Murray Valley Standard has come to an end.
An opportunity at The Courier in Mount Barker arose and, after some deliberation, I decided that I wasn’t willing to let it pass me by.
Being a boy who had spent the majority of my life in the Hills, the decision felt right and I certainly am looking forward to the change.
I have immensely enjoyed seeing so much more of the region that I had previously.
Our readership is quite spread out, and I’ve loved getting out and spending hours in the car to travel around and tell stories from Monarto to Coonalypn and plenty of other great spots in between.
I don’t need to tell any of you, but this really is a beautiful part of the world.
One thing I certainly will miss will be the crew here.
Peri has been a fantastic senior journalist to work with. His experience with the newspaper and his love for the Murraylands are admirable.
I truly think this region is lucky to have someone so dedicated and passionate about the residents, issues and the stories to tell.
Emma is settling in very nicely and I think the Mid Murray Council area is in good hands heading forward.
Dylan and Sharon have been wonderful to banter with – after all, what else could we possibly do to keep ourselves sane?
I’m also very appreciative for all of their guidance and advice.
Saying that Sharon has a wealth of knowledge is an understatement and she has passed plenty of that onto Dylan, who leads the cluster always to the best of his abilities.
I am very grateful to have scored this position here at the Standard.
The role brought my partner and I back from New South Wales at a very opportune time and I am leaving wishing everybody nothing but the absolute best.
I know that the next person to sit in my chair will be in some of the best hands going around and that they will thrive under the tutelage of this editorial team.
In a professional way, this is goodbye. In a personal way, this is a see you soon.
I’ve got no doubt I’ll be spending plenty of time around the river heading into the future, but it will be more devoted to play rather than work.