Local journalism in the Calare electorate has been given a boost with the announcement today that the Lithgow Village Voice has been awarded a $50,000 grant in the first round of the Federal Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund.
The Innovation Fund is part of the Government’s comprehensive Broadcasting and Content Reform package to strengthen regional and small publishers.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee welcomed the announcement as a much-needed contribution to the publication of local news in the region and said that the Lithgow Village Voice was a deserving recipient.
“The Lithgow Village Voice has identified an opportunity for innovation and growth, and the Federal Government is thrilled to support them to increase their capacity to provide relevant and informative public interest journalism to the Lithgow region,” Mr Gee said.
“The funding will allow the Village Voice to expand their online offerings with the creation of a new regional digital news platform and publishing strategy.
“The digital publishing platform and accompanying app will allow for news submissions from readers, and provide digital advertising space and a coupon system for local advertisers.”
Mr Gee said the grant for the Lithgow Village Voice is one of 29 projects, Australia-wide, funded by the Innovation Fund. The total amount funded will be up to $3.6 million.
The Fund is a competitive grants program independently administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield said the fund would enable regional and small publishers to innovate across a wide range of business activities.
“This fund is all about bolstering rural and regional communities through supporting local publishers and journalism,” Minister Fifield said.
Details about successful recipients will be made available on GrantConnect once the grant deeds have been executed.