Paper ‘talks’ of region’s stories
HAVING lived in Mundubbera for several years, I started in advertising for the Central and North Burnett Times in January 1993, taking over as journalist a few years later, and finally retiring at the end of September 2008.
I believe that reporters are the eyes, ears and voice of the community, and was lucky to meet lovely people from all walks of life, finding that everyone had an interesting story to tell.
I thoroughly enjoyed covering all the news and sporting events in both Mundubbera and Eidsvold, and knew everyone looked forward to reading the local paper on a Thursday.
Among the most memorable stories from my point of view, was the fight against the forced State Government council amalgamation, with all shires protesting against it.
The thrill everyone got when Mundubbera Butchering Company took out first prize in the National Sausage King Competition for their thick pork sausages. The official opening of the RM Williams Centre at Eidsvold, after years of negotiation and hard work.
The forced closure of Allies Creek Sawmill, a decision that ended a third generation family business, and had an impact on many families and businesses in the district.
Happy news, the opening of the Mundubbera Community
Bank and then the Regional Art Gallery.
The profiles of well known locals were good reading and the stories told by war veterans for Anzac Day features had very special meaning.
Obituaries told the life stories of many who had lived, worked and contributed to the community.
Commemorating historical events and attending heritage days in both towns, as well as local shows, show balls, cattle sales, race days, fetes and concerts were always newsworthy and enjoyable, as was reporting on Church and hospital doings, and writing about school activities and students.
The volunteers from many service clubs raising money for the community looked forward to seeing the results being published.
There were plenty of photos taken and stories told from the Christmas and Easter celebrations including the Eidsvold Musicians Muster and Melbourne Cup functions.
The Talking Newspaper began in 1993 and was a great idea that enabled the C&NB Times to be read by volunteers, taped, and distributed to the vision impaired, so they too could enjoy the local news.
It was an honour and a privilege to report on the happenings of both towns and to tell the stories of so many talented and gifted people and I wish everyone good health, happiness and prosperity in the future.