To the Editor,
Could I begin by congratulating Fairfax Regional Media for their splendid first edition of the revamped Young Witness last Friday, June 17.
The new format, larger print and spacious editing has certainly launched the Young Witness into a new and exciting format originally found only in most metropolitan newspapers.
Many readers would now liken the twice weekly editions to the Wagga Daily Advertiser, Sydney Morning Herald and others in size and paper quality.
I personally have had an association with the Young Witness and its preceding issues for many years and, mainly through the reporting of harness and thoroughbred racing, have enjoyed an amicable and understanding relationship with the majority of staff over those last 40 years or so.
Some four years ago I was approached by the Editor at that time Edwina Mason, to consider further contributions by way of a weekly column that would centre on local events and some ‘chit chat’ that was delivered to me by way of verbal, visual or telegraphic means.
The void came about by way of the departure from Young of popular sports commentator Graham “Cabbage” McDonald who like me, had contributed to the Young Witness for many years.
And also like me at this time, decided that a sea change was needed.
The idea sounded challenging and indeed time consuming, but nevertheless I decided ‘why not?’
I then commenced my weekly contribution on Friday, September 12, 2012, and may I say over the past four years I have found the experience pleasurable and rewarding.
I did feel that residents needed a line of information that differed from everyday reporting, sprinkled with a bit of humour with the occasional cryptic clue.
My grass roots experience in journalism was put to the test with my proof readers being many, constant, sometimes critical but thankfully supportive.
I find that as time rolls on, the thought process becomes a little harder, spending more time with family and friends becomes far more important and my caravan needs more road time.
I would like to thank the Young Witness for allowing me to be part of the contributing team.
Indeed there are many like me who have continually been active in providing information, whether it be a sporting club or a community based organisation.
I look forward to continuing my regular news updates of harness and thoroughbred racing throughout the year, with an occasional Letter To The Editor if I feel there is something constructive to be said.
With the recent amalgamation there are still many unanswered questions that need to be addressed.
I would like to wish new Editor Denis Howard and his staff the best possible success in their new roles and hopefully we can all remain part of a well oiled machine that will continue to tell it like it is.
Finally, everyone who feels they have something to say, don't hold back.
If there is an issue or grievance that you find is causing you concern, do something about it.
Ring your local member, or your newly appointed Hilltops Council administrator, talk to your local former council representatives, write a letter or do anything that will bring about some satisfaction or amicable result to a situation that you feel needs closure.
- Stuart Maxwell.
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