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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

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“I work on the checkout. I’ve been here since I left school.

I grew up in Aberdare. So yeah, I’ve always lived here. We’ve just actually just bought our first home.

My partner’s in the army. She lives up in Darwin. She actually got posted to Afghanistan - not last year, the year before. She went over for 9 months in 2017 and now she’s back and she got posted to the Singleton army base. And so that’s why we bought our house together.

She’s in transport. She drives the trucks over there. So, it’s so exciting. But being apart … that’s the hardest part.

It’s interesting to see the photos. Because people around here ... this is what we’re used to. But you see a different country – a war country – and you see the photos and what they’ve got to live in -  the kids playing in dirt, playing with sticks on the side of the road …

It’s a bit like … you know?

Unless you’ve been there and seen that, people don’t appreciate even just having trees and green grass. Or appreciate that we’ve got this country with the fresh air and no fighting. That you can just walk down the street.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens. She’s only got a two-year posting down here at the moment so we’ll hopefully find out that she’ll get back-to-back.”

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