In 2009 I'd been working at another publication when it went into receivership. Suddenly jobless for the first time in my life, I came up with the crazy idea that I could start a new publication and get my colleagues who'd also lost their jobs on board. It was risky to say the least, considering I had the sum total of $35 in my bank account at the time. But, thankfully the Penrith and St Marys community embraced and supported our project, and against many peoples' predictions, we are still going strong seven years later. As well as over a decade experience in journalism, I have in the past been a Licenced Real Estate Agent and a Political Adviser for several local members of parliament. I enjoy every minute of my job, am thankful to have such a great team and, alongside partners Korena and Bart am ecstatic that we have now expanded to two publications - Nepean News and Western News.