“You can always be sure you'll chat to someone who leaves a lasting impression,“ writes journalist Matt Collins.
“You can always be sure you'll chat to someone who leaves a lasting impression,“ writes journalist Matt Collins.

OPINION: Why Firey’s Day Out made me smile

I’M still smiling.

One thing I’ve learnt after nearly three years in this great region is we are an extremely supportive bunch.

It doesn’t matter what we have going on in our personal lives, we are always happy to open up the wallet and give to those doing it tough.

I was once again reminded of the South Burnett’s great big heart on the weekend at the concert fundraiser event, Firey's Day Out.

As I sit here now and write about the day, it really makes me smile inside.

Between the talented artists, the generous businesses, the region’s personalties who bravely offered their services to the highest bidder, and all those who attended the day, it has left me on a high.

More importantly, thanks to all those mentioned, our firefighters have an extra $5000 in the bank to spend on much-needed supplies.

As a journalist, I have the pleasure of covering a wide range of events each week.

Every time I jump in the car, I am excited about the next interesting character I’ll meet.

You can always be sure you’ll chat to someone who leaves a lasting impression.

I leave this great region at the end of this week to take up a role at the Noosa newspaper.

I will be closer to family and my 16-year-old son, and while family will always come first, the move is a bittersweet one.

I have my doubts about moving back to the Sunshine Coast.

I’ve grown quite attached to this region and all the wondrous people who proudly call it home.

Furthermore, I am concerned that the community spirit which is alive and well in the South Burnett won’t be replicated on the Coast.

Time will tell.