Coun­cil­lors agree to help ra­dio sta­tion

North Coast Weekender - - Opinion -

AN im­pas­sioned plea to Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors for fund­ing paid off for a lo­cal ra­dio pre­sen­ter.

Sue Myc made a dep­u­ta­tion on be­half of Wan­neroo Joon­dalup Re­gional Broad­cast­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, which runs ra­dio sta­tion 89.7FM at ECU Joon­dalup, at the Septem­ber coun­cil meet­ing to re­quest a $5000 do­na­tion to cover a quar­ter of its trans­mis­sion rental costs.

She said the sta­tion had wel­comed thou­sands of vol­un­teers since it started in 2001.

“Thou­sands have walked in and left with valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence. We’re all vol­un­teers; no one has ever got paid,” she said.

Ms Myc said the sta­tion ran thanks to sup­port from vol­un­teers, fund­ing, grants and spon­sor­ship, with the City of Joon­dalup con­tribut­ing $11,000 an­nu­ally in re­turn for a weekly seg­ment.

She hoped the do­na­tion could turn into a spon­sor­ship ar­range­ment with the City. A re­port by the City did not sup­port the do­na­tion as it al­ready pro­vided $5000 per year to the as­so­ci­a­tion and its pol­icy is to en­dorse one fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion per fi­nan­cial year.

But Mayor Tracey Roberts moved an amend­ment to ap­prove the fund­ing, which was unan­i­mously en­dorsed by coun­cil­lors.

“I do this with due re­gard for the ser­vice to the com­mu­nity the lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion does,” she said.

“I be­lieve this pro­vides great op­por­tu­nity to our lo­cal res­i­dents, whether youths or se­niors, in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.”

Other fund­ing re­cip­i­ents in­cluded the Quinns Rocks Bush­fire Bri­gade Cadets to participate in the Aus­tralian Fire Cadet Cham­pi­onships and Joon­dalup En­ter­tain­ers The­atre School, School Sport WA, Foot­ball West and High Fly­ers Gym­nas­tics to at­tend com­pe­ti­tions.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d300326

Sue Myc in the 89.7FM stu­dio.

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