Youth ra­dio sta­tion calls for vol­un­teers to hit air­waves

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is call­ing for vol­un­teers to help to es­tab­lish a youth ra­dio sta­tion in the re­gion.

Dou­glas Shire Com­mu­nity Ser­vices will re­ceive $231,027 over three years to help im­prove the lives of young lo­cals from the State Gov­ern­ment.

The funds will go to­wards youth de­vel­op­ment pro­grams and fa­cil­i­ties for lo­cal youths in­clud­ing the Time Out Youth Cen­tre in Moss­man.

“Our cen­tre of­fers a broad range of cul­tural and re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties from cook­ing, crafts, youth li­brary ,in­ter­net ac­cess, pool, bas­ket­ball, TV and a drop in cen­tre to chill out,” com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Robyn Hind said.

“We get an ever­age of 34 young peo­ple through our doors ev­ery af­ter­noon.

“Our mis­sion here at the cen­tre is to iden­tify needs, source fund­ing and set up pro­grams and ser­vices that pro­vide young peo­ple with a sense of com­mu­nity be­long­ing and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove their qual­ity of life.

“We have a mu­sic room here, with gui­tars and drums and are cur­rently ser­vic­ing all the mu­sic equip­ment.

“We also have a li­censed ra­dio sta­tion, all set up and li­cense fees paid.

“We just need some pas­sion­ate and in­sprir­ing peo­ple to vol­un­teer to help us run it.

“It would be a great way to en­gage the youth and give them a voice.

“There are so many young tal­ented peo­ple in the area, it would be great to help them re­alise their tal­ents.”

Mem­ber for Cook Ja­son O’brien wel­comed fund­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to help vul­ner­a­ble young lo­cals take pos­i­tive steps to im­prove their lives.

“All young Queens­lan­ders have a bright fu­ture and this fund­ing en­sures those who are strug­gling get the sup­port they need early,” Mr O’brien said.

“This fund­ing will pro­vide young peo­ple with ac­tiv­i­ties and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, re­duc­ing the risk of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

The youth cen­tre on Mill St is open from Mon­day to Thurs­day from 10am-6 pm. All young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 12-20 are wel­come and on Wed­nes­days un­der 12s can also visit.

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