LOVING IT: Central and North Burnett Times journalist Jake Finnigan  outside the Gayndah office.
LOVING IT: Central and North Burnett Times journalist Jake Finnigan outside the Gayndah office. Alex Treacy

OPINION: Kindness a virtue in North Burnett

SINCE moving to the North Burnett two weeks ago, I've been astounded by the kindness of everyone I've met.

From my neighbour Graham and Lyn at the real estate to Marion of the Gayndah Hospital Auxiliary, it seems everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel welcome after my move from down south.

As Lea from Monto Coffee Lounge says, everyone smiles.

The residents of the fast- paced streets of Melbourne aren't nearly as kind to people as the people of Gayndah and the rest of the North Burnett.

Everyone I've interviewed so far on the job has been courteous and more than willing to answer questions.

Having grown up in Carlisle River, a small town of less than 100 people nestled on dairy farming country within the beautiful Otway ranges of southwest Victoria, I am convinced that kindness is a virtue almost exclusively found in the small towns and regions of our great nation.

It's amazing to think that most people in larger cities such as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have no idea of the names of those living less than 10m away.

I can assure you I certainly didn't when I was living in Melbourne.

Gayndah and Carlisle River may be almost 2000km apart, but I feel the same loving sense of community every time I walk out my front door.

As a region we should never let this change.


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