Stanthorpe stays close in Shannon’s thoughts
SHE may call Stanthorpe home but for Shannon Newley the world is her oyster.
The bubbly brunette, who was affectionately known as Baby Apples, was born in Stanthorpe, where she lived until she was 17 and ready to spread her wings and take on the world of university and city living in Brisbane.
"I headed back to Stanthorpe almost three years ago to work at the Border Post, where I started my journalism career with my Shenanigans column at the age of 16," she said.
"I stayed in the area for two years before heading south to Grafton - but it is still home."
Since leaving the Southern Downs and her job as news director for the Border Post and Warwick Daily News at the beginning of the year, Shannon has been working as deputy editor at The Daily Examiner, based in Grafton and covering the Clarence Valley region.
"I get to work in a job that I really love," she said.
"The Daily Examiner recently won APN Newspaper of the Year, which was a really proud moment for me, and we also got to the finals for PANPA Newspaper of the Year, which was exciting.
"I have amazing friends and family and have been lucky enough to have many great experiences."
With both parents born and raised in Stanthorpe and a string of family and friends still based in Stanthorpe, it is no shock that Shannon visits whenever she gets the chance.
"I am definitely a Stanthorpe girl through and through," she said.
Like many, Shannon's fondest memories of Stanthorpe include family and friends.
"There are too many to mention but a few include cray fishing at Red Bridge with my brothers Matt and Adam as a kid," she said.
"I loved swimming in Quart Pot Creek. The Apple and Grape has always been a highlight and it's one of my favourite things in the world.
"I love being able to head back to Stanthorpe and catching up with old friends, as well as showing the town off to friends I have made since moving away.
"I also love the show and, having been to so many regional shows, I can say Stanthorpe is the best - you can't beat the pasta at the wine pavilion.
"I loved my school days where my friends and I would walk from school down town and have chips and gravy and a milk shake at the coffee shop, and then going to Hawker Brothers Butchers to help dad clean up and earn some pocket money."
And what would Shannon be best known for?
"Probably working at the Border Post and being Mal Newley the Sausage King's daughter," she said.