The Chinchilla News welcomes new staff
THERE are some new faces in the Chinchilla News office this week, as three new professionals join the team.
The paper welcomes new journalist Madison Watt, sales representative Jodie Williams, and administration officer Susan Felix to their new roles at the News.
Born in Brisbane, Ms Watt completed her journalism studies at the University of Queensland before packing her bags and moving to the Darling Downs.
"I'd never gone past Toowoomba, so it was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the city,” she said.
"The community here is so close-knit and lovely, it's been great chatting to locals and learning more about the region,”
Asked if any of the recent social events had sparked her interest, Ms Watt admitted she had a bit of a soft spot for horses.
"I'd really like to get a chance to go horse riding after seeing all the talented riders at the Chinchilla campdraft.” she said.
New South Wales native Mrs Williams moved to Chinchilla due to her husband's work three years ago and has been a country town convert ever since.
"I love it, I love country towns,” she said.
Mrs Williams also works as a photographer in town when she's not busy looking after the kids or working at the paper.
'I've always just liked anything to do with art, painting, photography,' she said.
When asked what she liked most about her role at the Chinchilla News, she said "I like dealing with high pressure, I like deadlines, I like organisation, I like dealing with people.”
Semi-retired Mrs Felix and her husband had left Cairns to travel around the country in a caravan when they came to Chinchilla and never left.
"We had started in April last year and we didn't even get out of Queensland,” she said.
"We just ended up out here.”
Mrs Felix was working as a personal carer in town to give her "something to do” before joining the Chinchilla News team.
Mrs Felix and Mrs Williams will be out and about at the CCCI President's Golf Day coming up, and are looking forward to the chance to socialise in their new roles.
That being said, Mrs Williams admitted her golf skills could definitely use some fine-tuning.
"I can't play golf at all,” she said.
"But I'll dig some holes while I'm there.”