Presenting a radio show
Ettalong resident Joey Grauner, 20, has completed training with community radio station Coast FM 96.3 and will present his own show in the New Year.
His show, Kart 'N' Yarns, will be a one hour program promoting indigenous musicians and local artists broadcast each Friday fortnight at 7pm.
"I think radio is an important and significant medium for all people, but especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples," he said.
"Especially considering how diverse our peoples are here on the Central Coast.
"I never really thought about going into radio until I started at Youth Connections, but when I was given the chance, I jumped at the opportunity and glad I did.
"I feel that media can inspire, conserve and protect our people and our culture and would like to push for a career in the industry.
"I hope that Kart 'N' Yarns continues to run well into the future and becomes a weekly program, instead of fortnightly.
"Having any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander run media programs is a big step towards sovereignty and keeping our identity.
"It is a way for us to keep records of our own history, our culture and to pass it on to our younger generations."
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