Young people in regional New South Wales will now have the chance to connect with their community with the announcement of the NSW Government’s Regional Youth Radio Program. 

Deputy Minister Paul Toole and Regional Youth Minister Bronnie Taylor launched the program on the 9th of December, with up to $100,000 worth of grants available for new projects that can enable young people to lead and participate in youth radio and podcasting. 

The program hopes to help develop skills and offer training to young journalists in the Hunter hoping to give them a voice in the community. 

Youth Minister Bronnie Taylor says its an excellent way to give young people an opportunity to further their career and interest in journalism. 

“It prioritises regional and rural journalism into the future and allows people the opportunity to apply for these grants to further their career and interest because I think now more than ever we look for sources of truth,” Ms Taylor said.

Eligible applicants can apply for one-off grants between $2,500 and $20,000 for content creation, skill development, training and essential equipment to support radio and podcasting. 

“We know that regional journalism is a huge part of our community, so I’m really pleased to be able to put up these grant programs and I really look forward to lot of people applying,” Ms Taylor said

“I think when people feel really strongly and passionately about certain issues, they need the tools and the skills to get that message across.”