Donna Reynolds (Wowan/Dululu)
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.