South Burnett Times and Central and North Burnett Times editor, Christian Berechree.
South Burnett Times and Central and North Burnett Times editor, Christian Berechree.

When editor’s biggest stories broke over holidays

I’LL never forget the Christmas break of 2017.

Working as part of a skeleton crew while I was deputy editor of the South Burnett Times, I expected to spend the days covering holiday events.

Instead, it seemed everything that could have gone wrong in a year was saved up for those two weeks.

HUGE NEWS: One of the front pages from coverage of Lady Flo's state funeral which happened when Christian Berechree was editor of the South Burnett Times. (Photo: FILE)
HUGE NEWS: One of the front pages from coverage of Lady Flo's state funeral which happened when Christian Berechree was editor of the South Burnett Times. (Photo: FILE)

The death of Florence Bjelke-Petersen, a savage storm that destroyed homes on Boxing Day, and a farm tragedy that took the life of a young local girl – the Times was there to cover it all.

During my time as deputy and then editor, I put some big moments in the region’s recent history on the front page.

The first ever BaconFest was a joy to cover and will forever be memorialised in a special souvenir booklet, created by the Times team in partnership with the event’s committee.

PLAYING IT COOL: Former South Burnett Times editor Christian Berechree feeling brave before his cold demise at the dunk tank during a South Burnett family fun day.
PLAYING IT COOL: Former South Burnett Times editor Christian Berechree feeling brave before his cold demise at the dunk tank during a South Burnett family fun day.

We joined the campaign to bring a Big Peanut to Kingaroy and pushed hard when Wotif launched a public voting campaign (though we were pipped at the post by Chinchilla’s watermelon).

While I’m saddened by the end of the Times’ print production, I know the team will keep its spirit alive online, as it has been doing for years.

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