Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Geraldton's SBS Radio campaign wins support

    30/05/2006 11:19 AM

    A proposal to bring SBS Radio to Geraldton has won State Government support.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae said the State Government would support a Geraldton community bid for a transmitter for the national SBS radio service.

    Mr McRae told a breakfast forum in Geraldton today that the multi-lingual broadcasting service would provide benefits for the whole community.

    The Minister said local MLA Shane Hill had worked hard to win support for the proposal.

    “Multilingual radio enables people from diverse backgrounds to keep in touch with culture and current affairs in their birth countries,” he said.

    “It also provides the children of migrants with a living link to their cultural heritage - often an important consideration for migrant families in choosing a place to live.

    “The SBS Radio service provides information about Government and community services in almost 70 languages.

    “Other Geraldton residents who have travelled, learnt another language or developed other international or cross-cultural links, will also enjoy the service.

    “In addition, SBS Radio broadcasts news, world affairs and youth programs in English - and will enrich the range of services already available in Geraldton and the Mid-West.”

    Mr McRae said the first step was for the community to apply for a $25,000 Federal Government SBS transceiver subsidy, and the State Government was working with SBS Radio to assist in preparing that application.

    “If the application is successful, the State Government will work with local interested community groups, local governments and other organisations to help secure the service for Geraldton,” he said.

    Minister's office: 9213 7150