Thursday, May 23, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Sit Down With Sam

Hi readers
It looks like I missed an epic weekend in the Burdekin!
A big thank you to my colleague Chelsea who was in town last weekend and captured all of the social photos from the Burdekin Growers Race Day and the Norm Perry Memorial Duck Race – flick to pages 20-23 for all the action.
I returned to Mackay for only the second time since leaving last September on the weekend and had a wonderful time catching up with family and friends and celebrating the engagement of my cousin and her fiance.
I will again be out of town this weekend, this time heading down to the Sunshine Coast for the Queensland Country Press Association Media Excellence Awards.
At last year’s event, I was honoured to bring home third place in the Best Editorial Campaign category for a campaign I wrote and researched on the issue of homelessness in Mackay.
Mackay and Whitsunday Life was also awarded first place last year for the ‘Jenny and Steve’ advertisement that made worldwide headlines, along with another second and third place.
It was a huge first for the team and I was proud and grateful to be involved.
I again have some work nominated in this year’s awards but, no matter the result, I will proudly represent the publication and the region of the Burdekin alongside my Editor In Chief, Rachael, and Publisher, Bec.
Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have a good one!

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