Wellington’s community radio station Binjang will be able to do work on its new premises thanks to funding sourced through the Community Building Partnerships program.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined with Binjang’s manager Tony Graham on Wednesday to make the announcement, which will see $18,235 provided to the not-for-profit organisation.
“Binjang is an important part of Wellington, and I know the town loves having its own community radio station,” Mr Saunders said.
“In the past 18 months or so the station has had to relocate, which has meant starting from scratch in a lot of respects, so I’m happy to help with funding to enable the team get that process started.
“Community Building Partnerships is a program designed for groups that make our communities great places to live, and Binjang does that in Wellington.”
The funding has been well received by Mr Graham, who said he expects work to commence in early 2021.
“It’s been tough for us after we were forced out of our previous location by council. At the moment we have an office and two studios but not much else, so we want to create a room for meetings and for volunteer training,” he said.
“We’re very proud of our station and what we provide for the people of Wellington. We want residents to be able to come and have meetings with us, and to provide a suitable environment for the volunteers who work for us. “This funding will allow us to do the first stage of work, and we also have a desire to improve wheelchair accessibility and weatherproof our car parking area in the future.”