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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Youth living in Bathurst will have the opportunity to grow their audio broadcasting skills thanks to funding from the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s 2023 Regional Youth Radio Program.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said Charles Sturt University has received $17,040 for a Youth Coordinator position that will support 30 young people from the Bathurst and Orange communities to broadcast youth-led programming on 2MCE.

Mr Toole said the program will both promote work-readiness skills for regional youth and develop a greater sense of connection and belonging within their communities.

“The youth are the voices of tomorrow, so it is important we provide avenues for them to be heard,” Mr Toole said.

“2MCE is a community radio station that provides practical training for communications students studying at CSU.

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said 11 projects across the State have been selected from a strong field of applications to develop the skills or training of young people in audio broadcasting, or to fund essential equipment to support youth radio and podcasting.

“The Regional Youth Radio Program is one of our 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 the public stage,” Mr Franklin said.

“The projects chosen to be delivered in 2023 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.”

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