Former ABC radio journalist Libby Price is the new editor of the Benalla Ensign.June 18, 2014 3:33am
Good morning Benalla!
It’s been like a military operation moving here from Melbourne, with far too many trips up and down the Hume with a horse float loaded with furniture, but here I am, and here I plan to stay.
I was often told at the ABC that I didn’t need a microphone. Who’d have thought I’d take them literally and give it all away for a ‘‘tree change’’!
It’s always been my not-very-secret desire to live in the country. Being South Australian, I’d imagined it most likely I’d move to western Victoria. But then I discovered the north-east, and all other plans were hastily dumped. Benalla kept coming up trumps. Only a few hours’ drive from my two adult children in Melbourne, stunning countryside, lots of horses (yes, I’m one of ‘‘those horse nuts’’) and a town still small enough to have a wonderful sense of community, while being large enough to have pretty much everything you need.
There’s just one more trip down the Hume to pick up my trusty steed and Benalla will well and truly be home.
There was one emergency dash back to Melbourne when I realised I’d left the poor cat behind, but she’s now safely here and discovering all the new sights and smells with her two canine companions.
I know I’ll never be considered truly ‘‘local’’, but as editor of your wonderful newspaper, it’s probably for the best as I’ll never shake the ABC ethic of reporting without fear or favour. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be an active part, and promoter of, ‘‘our’’ community.
We’re all in this together, and through communication and respect we can help keep Benalla ticking along as the wonderful place it was, is and hopefully always will be.
Let the new journey together begin!
— Libby Price, Editor
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