Murwillumbah Audio Information Service's volunteer coordinator, Vicky Pearce gets ready to read the news.
Murwillumbah Audio Information Service's volunteer coordinator, Vicky Pearce gets ready to read the news. Tweed Daily News

Audio link to news and events

TWEED Shire residents unable to read the Tweed Daily News because of poor eyesight can still get their news fix thanks to a free audio service.

The Murwillumbah Audio Information Service helps visually impaired people keep in touch with the latest local news and community events.

Each week, volunteers read items from the Tweed Daily News and the council newsletter Tweed Link on to a one-hour tape, which is posted to those registered with the service. Another tape is produced each month featuring items of interest, such as letters and magazine articles.

Volunteer co-ordinator Vicky Pearce said about a dozen people across the shire make use of the service at present. However, the organisation has the capacity to assist many more.

“We're looking for more clients,” Ms Pearce said.

“It costs them nothing, as the Post Office delivers and returns the tapes for free and the Royal Blind Society provides the tapes. Most people really appreciate the service, because it keeps them in touch with what's going on.”

The Audio Information Service was established by Tweed Shire Council in partnership with Murwillumbah Community Centre, Australia Post and the Royal Blind Society.

To register or find out more, call Maggie Groff on (02) 6670 2442.



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