STAR POWER: Well known local a token Star figure
LANE Brookes reckons he’s been photographed in The Western Star more than anyone else in Roma.
The first time he appeared in the print edition of this masthead was as a newborn, to announce his birth to the community.
Since then, he’s been photographed at various sporting events, most notably touch football, and the Star has been there to document his rise through the ranks as an indigenous advocate for the region, and further afield.
“The Western Star has always played a big part in my life, I remember being a kid and entering in the competitions … I won a few little prizes, I think that was the incentive to start reading when I was a kid,” he said.
“And as I’ve grown up, it’s created a bit more confidence in myself. When I was learning a lot of things about my culture and showcasing it, the paper allowed me to develop myself.
“And it also allowed me to branch out a bit wider, and when I started being called up as the advocate for various aboriginal topics, the paper gave me an opportunity.”
Over the years, Mr Brookes has worked alongside a host of Star journalists, advertisers and office staff, and will always fondly remember Sally (Douglas) pushing her cart through town to deliver the papers.
“To say that it had an impact in our small town is an understatement … I can’t thank the paper enough for everything it’s done for me,” he said.
“But this isn’t the end of the paper, it’s just a new form. The way the world is going, technology is everywhere and you need to adapt.
“Some people are resistant to change, but we have to transition. Now is the time to do so.
“I think it’s fundamental for our communities to have stories to be told, for people to be seen and heard and we need that. It’s great we can still have a digital masthead to be across it all.”