BUBBLING with energy and enthusiasm, Griffith-born and bred Bonnie Owen has become an invaluable member of the local community through her aspiring work ethic.
The 27-year-old fanatic of everything arts works as the curator of Pioneer Park Museum, teaches a youth theatre troupe and holds a prominent role on the committee of GRAPA.
When asked by The Area News what she loves most about her hometown, Ms Owen said it had to be the community.
"I have lived in other places, but nothing really compares to the people that we have here," Ms Owen said.
"We really do live in our own little fishbowl and I've loved that.
"When I think about growing up here, I think about Lake Wyangan, the museum, orange trees and these Griffith environments that you just can't get anywhere else."
Ms Owen says she is thankful for the opportunities Griffith has given her, citing that regional living opens doors that are unavailable elsewhere.
The Australian National University graduate has featured in GRAPA productions since she was 15-years-old, her first role playing Juliet in Shakespeare Under The Stars.
"I'm not here by default, I'm here by choice," Ms Owen explained.
"There's so much to accomplish here and there always will be.
"You can't have pride in your community being on the outside looking in, it comes from being involved and enjoying being part of the process."
Ms Owen has been praised by locals for her go-getter attitude, creating countless local projects to selflessly further Griffith's entertainment and arts scene.
Bonnie says she is excited to see how the city develops in future, encouraging local community members to take part in the active growth of our region.
"If there's something that we're lacking, go and do it," Ms Owen said.
"If you want things to happen you've got to go and do it, nobody's going to come knock on your door."