IF AS the saying goes, a picture only tells a thousand words, then we are going to need a lot of them.
It is hard to imagine that it has almost been a year since the bushfires swept through so much of our shire. The journey that we have been on since that time, both as a community and as individuals, needs and deserves to be shared and recorded.
That is why council wants your photos of the past 12 months.
We are creating an exhibition of the best images that tell the story of the fires and our recovery.
The exhibition will be entitled Black Summer and Beyond - an exhibition of images from the Macleay and your photos will be mounted and put on display in a traveling exhibition that everyone in the shire will have an opportunity to see.
So please, send us your photos. Perhaps in those darkest days you took a shot with your phone of the fires, the smoke, or the many, many heroes who stepped up from our community.
Or maybe you snapped a photo of our beautiful natural environment in the immediate aftermath or as it has returned to its stunning green best.
And of course we want just as many photos of our community responding over the past year as we have rebuilt and resumed life in this great shire.
Thank you, Rotary
On a personal note I would just like to thank the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Kempsey West who on Tuesday night presented me with the Paul Harris Fellow Award.
I am so incredibly honoured to have received this and look forward to working with this incredible organisation for many years to come.
Killick Creek re-opened
Finally I need to acknowledge the great work by council staff last week to re-open Killick Creek. The tides had moved sand at the entrance in Crescent Head in such a way that the water flow was threatening the dunes and the footbridge.
The actions of everyone involved at council last week in assessing the situation, obtaining approvals and then excavating the entrance in time to re-open the beaches for the school holidays was nothing short of incredible. Happy school holidays everyone!