Community Outlook

Radio Programme Producer

The Community Outlook radio programme went to air every Saturday from 1pm to 2pm on community radio 3MDR 97.1fm, based in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia.

Community Outlook is a fast-paced informative magazine style program, featuring community news and information, interviews, discussions, a guide and coverage of community events and activities. Community Outlook focuses on local music, outdoor life, health and safety, the environment, arts & entertainment, and social issues affecting the Mountain District area.

I worked with local schools, organisations and individuals to share their stories in their own voice.

The programme was funded by a local government community development grant.

Date March to September 2013

Skills Involved Producing, radio, audio production, interviewing, community engagement project manager, grant-writing, fundraising

Mountain District Radio

Community Outlook Promotional Poster

Listen to Community Outlook

Promotional Video

A short promotional video about Community Outlook to raise awareness of the project, what services the radio station offers and how the community can access it.

Community Broadcasting Association Australia – Awards 2014

Excellence in Community Participation 2014 - Community Broadcasting Association Australia

This award recognises a station that, in the last 12 months, has actively sought meaningful engagement with its community of interest in its activities, which is fundamental to the role of community radio. Each entry for this award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The station has extensive involvement in its community of interest and its activities reflect the needs of this community.
  • The station uses a new approach or has built upon an existing approach to enhance engagement.
  • The station’s activities have been effective in encouraging new volunteers, members, subscribers and/or listeners to become involved with the station.
Troy Garner Excellence In Sports Programming Award 2014 - Community Broadcasting Association Australia

In memory of the passionate sports broadcaster, Troy Garner, this award acknowledges a community radio station’s achievement in the creation of sports programming that focuses on community-based sporting activities that receive limited coverage in the wider media in the last 12 months. Each entry for this award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The station’s sports programming contributes to the local community and builds upon local sporting culture.
  • The programming initiative provides representation & accessibility to sports not covered by the wider media including underrepresented sports and community- based sports events and initiatives.
  • The program is informative, entertaining and engaging, with high quality production values.

Community Outlook and sports programme Match Of The Day received this award for their collaborative coverage of the Pride Cup Round, including interviews and match commentary.

The Inaugural Pride Cup played between Yarra Glen and Yarra Junction football & netball teams, with the aim of celebrating inclusion and diversity in sport.

The event was held off the back of local Yarra Glen footballer Jason Ball publicly coming out as gay, becoming the first Aussie Rules player at any level to do so. While Jason was met with overwhelming support from his local community, including opposition teams and even from the AFL, his personal story also shone a light on the prevalence of homophobia in sport and the challenges the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community face in feeling safe and being themselves in a sporting environment.