Two new faces in Monto and Gayndah

WE ARE excited to welcome two new members to the Central and North Burnett Times team.

Introducing Felicity Ripper and Mackenzie Colahan.

Felicity has just started in our Gayndah office while Mackenzie has taken the helm in Monto.

Here's a few talking points about them, in case you see them out and about.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Felicity: I am 21 years old and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Queensland. I love writing and people, so journalism was an easy choice for me. I grew up around Noosa and Cooroy but I have been living and studying in Brisbane for four years. I also studied in California for a semester.

Mackenzie: I moved here from Brisbane, where I studied a dual Bachelor of Journalism/Business Management degree at The University of Queensland.


New Central and North Burnett Times journalist in Gayndah, Felicity Ripper.
WELCOME ABOARD: New Central and North Burnett Times journalist in Gayndah, Felicity Ripper. Contributed

You've just moved to a country town. What are you most excited about and what are you looking forward to?

Felicity: I am excited about being a part of a smaller community again and having that sense of belonging. I'm also excited about not commuting half an hour through city traffic every day!

Mackenzie: I'm most excited about the easy-going lifestyle and gaining great experience working independently as a journalist for an established community paper.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?

Felicity: I love swimming, running, hiking, and chasing waterfalls; much to TLC's dismay. I'm not very co-ordinated at team sports but I'll give it a crack if I'm roped into a team.

Mackenzie: I hope to be a sport journo and I'm big sport fan. Cricket and rugby league are my favourite sports and I'm a diehard Broncos supporter.


New Central and North Burnett Times reporter in Monto, Mackenzie Colahan.
New Times reporter in Monto, Mackenzie Colahan. Contributed

What are you first impressions of your new home town?

Felicity: The landscape is beautiful and I've already made friends with the local wallabies. Everyone in town has been very welcoming and I am looking forward to getting to know them.

Mackenzie: Monto is a great town. It's a bit of a culture shock from Brisbane but the people are friendly and welcoming. I'm looking forward to living here.

Tell us something interesting about yourself not everyone would know

Felicity: Face painting got me through university, though it might have to take the back seat now. I started doing paid gigs at parties and events when I was 14 and have helped my mum run her face painting business ever since.

Mackenzie: I've been to 21 countries since graduating high school.