News now goes digital with papers read on to CD

ON CD: Lyn Carlyon, Romona Tobin and Desley Rennick hard at work getting out the Talking News.
ON CD: Lyn Carlyon, Romona Tobin and Desley Rennick hard at work getting out the Talking News. Noel Thompson

AFTER 21 years of recording the Talking News onto cassettes Desley Rennick has taken on the role bringing the community service into the 21st century.

After years of recording the news on cassette tapes Mundubbera Community Development Association has bought equipment to copy it to CDs with Mrs Rennick at the helm.

Mundubbera volunteer Denise Edwards said she sent out the talking news since it began.

"Getting the news out to people who are visually impaired is very satisfying," Mrs Edwards said.

"I have taken on the role of recording the news onto master disc.

"Then I pass it off the Desley and she does the rest."

Every Thursday morning Mrs Rennick and six other volunteers gather in a room at the MCDA offices to read and record the news read from the Central and North Burnett Times.

Mrs Rennick who has been blind since birth said she has been involved with this service since Easter 1994.

"The late Dawn Bramley and I wanted to get this service started and we knew the community would embrace it," she said.

"In the early '90s the Mundubbera and Eidsvold Community Development Association started the Talking News and we have only missed two weeks in all that time."

The service provided by these devoted people was inspired by Bundaberg volunteers who used to record the News Mail and send it out once a month.

"We are always looking for new people to help us with the reading and we are now looking for more people who would like to take advantage of this free service," Mrs Rennick said.

Anyone who is interested can phone MCDA on 4165 4690 for more information.

Topics:  central and north burnett digital

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