A new Regional Youth Radio Program will give young people living in regional and rural NSW the opportunity to develop skills to run their own radio show or podcast.
Nationals Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin has announced 15 successful applicants of the $200,000 program funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government.
“It is important we support young people and allow them to have a say on issues important to them. The projects funded under this program will give them the opportunity to discuss local issues and actively participate in their communities,” Mr Franklin said.
“This funding will deliver projects that enable young people to participate in youth radio and podcasting activities, and also include upgrades to sound studios, the purchasing of equipment, and providing of short courses and training opportunities.”
Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the program will support the next generation of radio broadcasters and podcasters.
“Giving young people a voice will contribute so much to community life, and I can’t wait to hear more content that connects and empowers our regional young people,” Mr Singh said.
One Mob Radio in Coffs Harbour is a First Nations internet based radio station operating in Gumbaynggirr Country, and was successful in its funding application under the program to grow its on-country youth broadcasts.
Founder of One Mob Radio Lachlan Skinner thanked the NSW Government and said the funding would allow them to better connect with their local youth audience.
“We are very excited to receive this funding as it allows us to do more of that on-country radio work. Allowing us to connect with more communities and more young people is something we are very passionate about,” Mr Skinner said.
The Regional Youth Radio Program is an initiative of the Office for Regional Youth, in partnership with the Department of Communities and Justice.
For more information on the program, visit: nsw.gov.au/YouthRadio