Victoria Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith
Rural And Regional Youth Get Chance To Be Heard!
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith has congratulated 10 rural and regional community radio stations on receiving a $5,000 grant as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Be Heard! program.
Be Heard! Will increase volunteering opportunities for young people while providing them with increased skills and career pathways in radio.
Mr. Smith said the Coalition Government had delivered on its election commitment to provide funding of $200,000 over four years to the Be Heard! program.
“The successful radio stations will receive grants to provide training and mentoring for young people to produce live-to-air shows as part of the Be Heard! program.”
“These radio stations have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing training and mentoring opportunities for young people to produce radio programs, as well as improving young people’s skills and career pathways in radio broadcasting.”
“Young people who are interested in careers in the media can use these types of pathway opportunities to build their skills and networks with journalists, editors, producers and station managers.” Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Smith added the four year program will provide grants for community radio stations to train and mentor young people. The funding can also be used for studio upgrades and equipment.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to providing young Victorians with the chance to Be Heard! on community radio, volunteer and have a positive impact in their community.” Mr. Smith said.
Successful stations receiving first-round grants include Bacchus Marsh Community Radio, Gippsland FM, The Pulse in Geelong and 3MDR in Gippsland.
Subsequent grant rounds will be held in July 2012, 2013 and 2014.