Fassifern volunteers ensure all can hear local news

Sadly, the publication of many newspapers across regional Queensland ceased this week.

However, the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre is helping to keep members of the Boonah community up to date with local news and events.

Each Wednesday, volunteers record themselves reading the latest edition of local newspaper The Fassifern Guardian on to digital audio discs.

The audio discs are then delivered free throughout the Boonah community, to sight-impaired people and to those with low literacy.

Volunteer John Greenfield reading a newspaper on to audio disc at the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre.

“Some people may benefit from receiving the audio discs due to an eye injury or illness or they may be unable to read the paper anymore,” Carinity Fassifern Community Centre Community Development Coordinator Samantha Caves says.

“The discs are delivered to the Boonah Library, Fassifern – Churches of Christ retirement village and Boonah Hospital, and Australia Post kindly delivers discs to those members within the community who remain in their own homes.”

Samantha says volunteers spend about three hours recording the newspaper text on to disc.

The Fassifern Guardian is an independently owned newspaper which has served the community for more than 100 years.

The weekly newspaper boasts a readership of up to 10,000 people in an area encompassing Boonah, north to Yamanto, south to Rathdowney, west to Aratula and east to Beaudesert.

Anyone interested in receiving the free The Fassifern Guardian newspaper audio service can contact Carinity Fassifern Community Centre on 5463 2966.

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