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Amelia joined the ABC at the beginning of last year, and after working in Gippsland, Victoria and the Upper Hunter, she is now based in Tamworth as the Rural Reporter for ABC New England North West. The region spans across the Northern Tablelands and North West Slopes in New South Wales. This includes the towns and cities of Armidale, Moree, Tenterfield and Glen Innes.

Amelia primarily reports on radio, although in this digital age, she often files written stories accompanied by photographs and sometimes files to ABC TV News. Here is the audio of a recent episode when Amelia hosted the ABC Country Hour. You can follow other stories of hers at this link.

Hers is a gruelling schedule involving many 4am wakeups, as she works on air presenting two weeks on, two weeks off. She loves getting out on the road and recalls her start with ABC New England North West at the start of this year.
Amelia reflects, ”It started raining on January 1 this year. It was a great time to start as the Rural reporter. There were so many positive stories to be told as people held their breath for more rain to come, finally easing the drought we’ve endured for years.”

Amelia studied journalism at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and completed work experience at The Scone Advocate – another local link. Before she started at ABC, she also reported for NBN Television and National Radio News.

Talking is one of the things Amelia loves best. In her words, “I could talk all day and love doing it.” It makes perfect sense that she is reporting on radio. When she was about 10 years old, she decided she wanted to be a photographer.

She also adored reading and talked about herself being a book worm. We couldn’t resist asking Amelia about her favourite books from childhood. She loved the Geronimo Stilton series. We have lots of these books in our library, and we encourage anyone in Primary to read them.

Even back then, she realised she’d have to work hard to create a stable income from photography. She thought about what would go well with photography. In addition to reading, she loved English at school and writing. So by the time she was 12, she knew she wanted to be a journalist.

One memory of Millie at school was the amount of fundraising she did for shave for a cure, choosing not to shave but cut her very very long hair to a short bob and donating the resulting ponytail to a wig maker for cancer patients.

According to Amelia, “Excursions and camps were always amazing and there were a lot of extra-curricular activities.” She also loved the SGS Fete and the Scone Horse Festival. Amelia rode horses growing up and often rode for Scone Grammar School, she also competed in campdrafts and showed her Australian Stock Horses. Some of the other highlights for Amelia were the Beef Bonanza and Agriculture classes. A few years later, she got to cover the Beef Bonanza as a journalist in 2019 for ABC Radio and ABC TV. Looking back on this time, she feels she learnt much more than she had thought.

Soon we will be adding videos explaining elective subjects for Years 9-12 on our website. Something Mrs Hollis really stresses is to study subjects you enjoy. This is something Amelia did, and she learnt more than she thought because she was interested and having fun. We encourage you to follow your strengths, interests and talents too.