Donna Reynolds (Wowan/Du­l­ulu)

Central Telegraph - - LIFE | MY TOWN -

TO­DAY we say farewell to our weekly col­umn. The cur­tain has come down on our weekly news col­umn, yes a news col­umn not a gos­sip col­umn.

For me, bring­ing the weekly news col­umn com­menced nearly 36 years ago when former res­i­dent of the district Co­ra­lyn Johansen ap­proached me to see if I would like to take over the reins of writ­ing the weekly Wowan/Du­l­ulu col­umn. No type­writer, no com­puter, so the weekly col­umn was hand writ­ten and I con­fess that English was not my best sub­ject at school. I was not an es­say or story writer but I have en­joyed writ­ing the weekly news col­umn for all these years. Tech­nol­ogy has cer­tainly as­sisted with writ­ing the news col­umn over the years, with email­ing pho­tos and sto­ries it is cer­tainly a lot eas­ier. For the 36 years that I have been do­ing the news, I have had tremen­dous sup­port from lo­cal res­i­dents and the staff of the Cen­tral

Tele­graph. Bring­ing news to our col­umn helps pro­mote our district and we should be very proud of what our com­mu­ni­ties have to of­fer. As a fourth gen­er­a­tion res­i­dent of the district, I am very proud of my com­mu­nity and I love where I live and this is why I have en­joyed writ­ing the news col­umn. When I first started with the Cen­tral Tele­graph

Peter Bates was the Man­ager and He­len Ge­or­giou was our “go to lady” for the weekly news, then a ris­ing ed­i­tor Cameron McCro­han took over the reins. These peo­ple were very in­flu­en­tial.

I re­mem­ber when all the cor­re­spon­dents went over to Ba­nana for a writ­ing course les­son and then fol­low­ing that Cameron men­tioned that a south­ern ed­i­tor wanted to give us a crash course on how to write the col­umn, it was great to hear that Cameron said it was in their best in­ter­est to let the cor­re­spon­dents keep on writ­ing the way we did.

We were not jour­nal­ists, we were just or­di­nary peo­ple writ­ing a weekly col­umn in our words and I ap­plaud him for that.

Through­out the 36years that I have been writ­ing for the CT, we have had some good news sto­ries and some not so good news sto­ries within the district.

We have cov­ered births, marriages, deaths, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, sport­ing events, so­cial events, mile­stones, ed­u­ca­tion sto­ries just to name a few.

I can say that over the 36 years there has only been a hand­ful of times that I couldn’t bring the news to the peo­ple, mainly in my ear­lier years when I was in hos­pi­tal hav­ing our chil­dren.

Each week I en­deav­oured to bring the Wowan/Du­l­ulu news to the read­ers, even though we may have had not much go­ing on, as long as I had news. I re­mem­bered on a few oc­ca­sions, peo­ple would ask my mother Colleen Dolan: why didn’t Donna have any news this week, so I could see how im­por­tant our weekly news col­umn was.

Bring­ing the news has been a plea­sure and I can re­mem­ber Ian Tom­lin of Jam­bin say­ing to me once, that he loves read­ing my news, as he loved know­ing what was go­ing on.

Small towns have a spe­cial bond and many of the older folk love to read, as there are many friend­ships shared.

The lo­cal pa­per is a great read and also many folk have moved away from their small com­mu­ni­ties into the towns, but they can still love to read about the go­ing on’s in their small towns.

I truly would like to ex­tend a huge thank you to ev­ery­one that has sup­ported me with the weekly Wowan/Du­l­ulu col­umn.

There have been so many peo­ple that were will­ing to give me news each week and as I have said be­fore, we need to let ev­ery­one know what a great com­mu­nity we live in. I ex­tend best wishes to ev­ery­one and em­brace the new be­gin­ning of the CT with­out weekly news col­umn.

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