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New journo jumps on board at The Riv

Welcome Adair: Adair Winder is a new journalist at The Riv. Photo: Steve Huntley Photo by steve Huntley.

As the newly appointed journalist for the Riverine Herald, it seemed the perfect time to introduce myself so that you can get to know me a little better.

My name is Adair Winder and I am a 26-year-old word-obsessed, plant mum.

My parents moved over from the UK when they were kids — this technically makes me the first person in my family who was actually born in Australia.

As the daughter of a police officer and a medical secretary, I learnt to grow up incredibly quickly.

I learnt from a young age how to process information, listen to people and be accountable for my actions.

Being the elder of two siblings also taught me a thing or two about being responsible for someone else!

Growing up in Ferntree Gully, I spent my childhood being surrounded by nature — trees, waterfalls, creeks and wildlife.

I was always a very creative child — I was drawn to the arts and music.

With a dad who played drums and a mum who sang, it was a natural progression for me to get into singing as well.

I performed cover songs at various cafes and restaurants from the age of seven.

I would constantly be writing song lyrics and stories about people in my journal.

I have always been inspired by people and their stories and I suppose that is why I have always been an avid reader, too.

I knew from very early on that I wanted to be some sort of writer and over the years this grew into a passion for journalism.

I have worked for various digital publications and fortunately my choice of career has enabled me to travel various parts of the globe to countries like Morocco and Malaysia.

I spontaneously ended up moving abroad to Malaysia in 2018 as I was employed by a travel magazine to write online content for its website.

Pre-COVID, I backpacked around various parts of the world to countries in Asia, North America, Europe and the UK.

Once back in Victoria, I spent some time volunteer broadcasting for a community radio station in Melbourne.

Hoping for a change of scenery, I have now officially made the move from Melbourne to Echuca this month.

I have spent quite a bit of time in and around the Echuca area as I used to camp with family and friends in Deniliquin.

We spent school holidays skiing and knee-boarding behind the boat.

The area has changed a lot since back then, but I am looking forward to getting to know the area once again.

I am incredibly excited to open up a new chapter of life and start working alongside the team here at The Riv.

And of course I cannot wait to get out into the community and begin learning from all of you!