Esperance Express journalist Caitlyn Rintoul bids farewell

Well this is it. 

This is my final say in The Esperance Express

I didn't know anyone when I moved to Esperance in January 2016. 

Since then I've more than likely interviewed your grandmother, coached your children at hockey, or girlfriend at netball, partied with your colleagues or wrote about your school. 

Working at the paper really allows you to get to know this beaut little community and I'm so thankful I took up the role here.

A farmer's daughter from north-east Newdegate, it was like coming home when I left the city after studying journalism for three years. 

I’ve covered some pretty big news stories in my short time here from a fatal shark attack, deadly floods, the 2017 West Australian election and of course the Tanker Jetty. 

Along with those stories that gained more attention, I’ve covered some great community stories. 

From street parades to art exhibitions, fundraisers and sporting achievements. 

I couldn't pick a favourite story. 

They're all interesting as long as they highlight the happenings of this great region and reflect the wonderful community here. 

One of things I love about living in Esperance is walking down the street and passing by several people I know.  

People are always happy to let you know what’s going on in town. Even when you’re grocery shopping, people don’t mind giving you a great story suggestion. Which is likely because there’s always so much going on in town! 

I’ve grown both professionally and personally here. 

From making life-long friends to falling in love for the first time, this town has given me so much.

A huge thank you to those who made me feel welcome here, at times looked after me and made my time in Esperance unforgettable. 

During my short time here The Esperance Express has undergone some big changes. 

No matter how you feel about the media, please support it into the future. Journalists like Sam, Jesinta and myself are here to tell your stories. 

It would be a sad day when a unique community like Esperance has no one to share their stories.

If you see me around before I leave, wish me luck as I move onto my new position as a journalist at The Mandurah Mail