Newstalk Audio Magazine production team leader Richard Croker, centre, volunteer Ray Keenan, and project facilitator Shane Proc
Newstalk Audio Magazine production team leader Richard Croker, centre, volunteer Ray Keenan, and project facilitator Shane Proc

Award speaks volumes for community project



A COMMUNITY project by the Southern Gold Coast 60 and Better program giving vision-impaired people news and events, information and stories in a CD magazine format has picked up a Queensland media award.

The Elanora-based 60 and Better group was honoured with a special commendation for innovation for its Newstalk Audio Magazine (NAM) at the Older People Speak Out (OPSO) 2005 Queensland Media Awards this month.

About 85 NAM CDs, with a playing time of an hour, are distributed free to vision-impaired and print-handicapped subscribers from the northern Gold Coast to the NSW border each fortnight by the group. Up to 20 community volunteers aged from 19 to 84 are involved in its production and distribution.

Production facilitator Shane Proctor said the idea originated from a request by a visionimpaired member of 60 and Better who wanted to "hear" what was happening in her community on the Gold Coast and had heard of a similar service operating in Murwillumbah.

Program co-ordinator Anita Brennan said the audio magazine, which was given a helping hand to start up by grants from the Gold Coast and Jupiters community benefit funds, used the skills and interests of the volunteers working on it, such as Ray Keenan from Currumbin who helps print the CD labels, among other tasks.

Anyone interested in subscribing to the Newstalk Audio Magazine can contact the 60 and Better Program on (07) 5525 6466.



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