Radio workshops for Aboriginal youth, podcast creation and training in interviewing, script writing and audio editing are among the projects to be funded under the NSW Nationals’ 2023 Regional Youth Radio Program.
Nationals Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin has been joined by Nationals’ MLC Wes Fang and Nationals’ candidate for Wagga Wagga Andrianna Benjamin to announce Wagga Wagga City Council will develop one of 11 youth-led projects across the state that will share in $250,000 to support young people to develop skills in podcasting and radio production and presentation.
“The Regional Youth Radio Program is one of The Nationals’ most exciting programs as it gives young people living in the regions a platform to talk about the issues that are important to them on a public platform,” Mr Franklin said.
“The projects chosen to be delivered this year will give young people the skills to create radio and podcasts, but also encourage them to develop their communication and work-readiness skills and participate in public discourse.”
As part of the 2023 Regional Youth Radio Program, at least $75,000 has been dedicated to Aboriginal community projects, ensuring young Aboriginal people will have their voices heard.
Wagga Wagga City Council has received $24,934 to develop a ‘Growing up Regional with Our Language, Culture and Identity’ program. Youth Development Officer Alex Osgood said it will be a welcomed boost for the region.
“Through ‘Growing Up Regional with Our Language, Culture and Identity’ 10 young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be able to access podcast and live broadcast training”, Ms Osgood said.
“This will allow them to share their unique experiences of growing up regionally, shining a light on both the challenges and opportunities of connecting with culture, language and identity in regional New South Wales.”
For more information, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/YouthRadio