With two sleeps until Christmas, it’s a good time to say thanks to you, our loyal and valued subscribers.
This year, more than any other, the people of the south-west have proved themselves to be caring and compassionate.
As the region reeled from the pain and loss of the St Patrick’s Day bushfires, we responded to others in need in ways that underlined why the region largely remains a pocket of friendliness and kindness.
Christmas is a time for families and friends and cherishing the things we hold dear. But on Tuesday we should spare a thought for those victims of the fires, who are still struggling to put their lives back together.
The compensation and legal processes reached a key point on Friday so hopefully those hit by those fires can sit back and enjoy the festive seaosn, knowing 2019 will be better than this year. Urgent action was taken this week to eliminate decaying power poles as questions were asked about the maintenance of electricity infrastructure.
From all of us at The Standard, we wish you a happy festive season and a safe and prosperous new year. Please take care on the roads if you are heading away and remember you can stay in touch with what’s happening across the region no matter where you are through your digital subscription.
We look forward to refining and improving our digital content for you in 2019.
Here’s some of the stories that shaped this week.