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RADIO STATION VISIT SHOWS VALUE OF FLEXIBLE LEARNING

Friday 7 April 2006

Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP, visited the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) to see first hand how it delivers its training programs.

BIMA operates Indigenous radio station 98.9fm and registered training organisation Triple A Training.

Mr Hardgrave met with the general manager, Tiga Bayles, to hear about the vocational training taking place at the station, especially the work with Indigenous communities in Cape York.

“The visit to BIMA was a great way of seeing first hand the training programmes being run by Triple A Training and to hear the success stories of local kids and also those in Cape communities,” Mr Hardgrave said.

Triple A Training is training young people from the Kowanyama region of Cape York in basic information and technology and industry standard broadcast skills that count towards a Certificate II in Broadcasting (Radio).

The program was set up last year through funding from the national training system's e-learning strategy, the 2005-2006 Australian Flexible Learning Framework. As a result, the Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Service can now broadcast local content via Radio 4KO Kowanyama. The station has also been training high school children in Weipa, Aurukun and Cooktown in radio broadcasting skills.

Mr Hardgrave said: “Radio is a vital source of information in remote areas and 4AAA is playing a vital role in ensuring Indigenous people in the communities of Cape York have essential broadcasting skills.”

Mr Hardgrave also met trainee Kalika Link, aged 17, a student at the Aboriginal and Islander Independent School in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane.

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Kalika is participating in a school based traineeship with the station, from which she will gain a Certificate III Broadcasting (radio).

As a former Brisbane radio announcer, Mr Hardgrave said the work of Triple A Training was a valuable way of equipping young people with confidence as well as skills in media.

For more information about the Framework, its products, resources and support networks, contact the National Communication Project on (07) 3247 5511, email: enquiries@flexiblelearning.net.au or visit http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au

For more information contact the Framework National Communication Project, Hayley Beck on (07) 3235 4017 or Sean Felsman on (07) 3237 0352, or email flexenews@flexiblelearning.net.au

To contact the Minister call Lee Cox on 0402 892100.

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