Pa­per ‘talks’ of re­gion’s sto­ries

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - JILL VICARY For­mer Mun­dub­bera jour­nal­ist

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.

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