Youth voice takes to the Tassie airways
Coast FM is a community radio station covering the northwest coast of Tasmania, as well as streaming via the internet to a national audience. It began transmitting in the 1980’s from a caravan on Table Cape and now has a paid station manager and 33 regular volunteers.
The station broadcasts a diverse range of music, specialised programs, news and local information. It provides a vital connection across the local communities and caters for many groups including indigenous, ethnic, religious and senior citizens, who are not serviced by other commercial stations.
Despite this broad reach, they realised there was nothing in their programming or operations for local youth.
Reaching and teaching the youth community
With a $1,859 grant from Domino’s Give for Good program, Coast FM purchased outside broadcasting equipment to both reach and teach local youth. Two new programs have been established and have weekly timeslots, and the outside broadcasting equipment is regularly used to live broadcast local football matches, which attracts a lot of younger listeners.
One of the new programs entitled “The Tonic” is coordinated in conjunction with 7UP Youth Centre in Smithton by local Youth Worker Dudley Billing and 18 year-old Brodie Edwards. The program focuses on holistic health and is co-hosted by two new young people every week. Local youth conduct interviews with medical professionals, social workers, community groups and others about issues relevant to young people, such as depression, suicide, coping skills and maintaining a healthy and positive lifestyle.
Brian Shearston, Coast FM Chairman, said this project has made Coast FM a more ‘well rounded’ service provider and has addressed the issue of social inclusion for all local demographics.
“The new broadcasting equipment has delivered mutual benefit – the young people participating now having a ‘voice’ on the local airways and the opportunity to learn new skills, and we have a growing listener base.”
Next grant round opening soon
Domino’s Give for Good program supports projects in rural, regional and remote communities that provide opportunities for young adults aged 17-25 to gain work experience, learn new skills and connect socially with their peers. Domino’s believe that by targeting this age group, they can inspire future entrepreneurs, scholars, leaders and creatives.
The next Give for Good grant round opens on 17 July and closes 25 August – go to our Domino’s Give for Good program webpage for more information.