We’re delighted to welcome four community media leaders to our volunteer grants advisory committees. Each brings years of experience, deep knowledge and passion for community media which will be invaluable in their role providing independent advice on how our grants should be distributed.
Wayne is a Noongar man whose career in community broadcasting spans 40 years. Starting at Community Radio 6NR in the late 1970s, he went on to work as a station manager, broadcaster and teacher in Perth and remote regional areas of the Kimberley and Northern Territory. He was Station Manager and presenter at Noongar Radio for five years, worked as a broadcaster for ABC Radio Northern Territory, helped establish Waringarri Radio and most recently managed Fitzroy Crossing’s Wangki Radio. Wayne has a philosophy based on respect and continuous learning: “Be respectful to other people and always be ready to learn.”
Tamara works across film/video, photography and photomedia. She is descended from the Warrgamay peoples of coastal far north Queensland and canecutters from Vanuatu. Since 2010 she has filmed, written, directed and produced a number of short documentaries, drama and video works. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and her photomedia work is in private collections. She is a member of a Verge Collective – a female collective of photographic and new media artists. In 2020 she was the recipient of the inaugural Centralised Documentary Australia Foundation Fellowship to develop a documentary exploring the mathematics of the Central Arnhem Kinship system.
Melanie has been involved in the community broadcasting sector since 2003 as a volunteer, paid staff member, broadcaster, committee member and consultant. She was the Program Manager and Station Manager of Edge Radio in Hobart, as well as the presenter of the popular show Tasmusica until it ended in 2015. Melanie was recently one of our CBF Grant Assessors and has also been a member of past CBF advisory committees.
Brendon has been involved in First Nations media, film and tourism for over 30 years. A proud Ku-Ku Yalangi/Woppaburra man from far north Queensland, Brendon worked at 4K1G in Townsville and before moving to the small outback town on Barkindji country (Wilcannia, NSW) where he works at Wilcannia River Radio. In 2019, Brendon and his team won the Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting for their coverage of issues relating to the Murray-Darling basin. His work also includes facilitating numerous projects that address the challenges and barriers faced by First Nations people, as well as fostering social and emotional wellbeing in the local community.
Wayne and Tamara have joined our Content Grants Advisory Committee, and Brendon and Melanie our Development & Operations Grants Advisory Committee. We look forward to working with them in the upcoming assessment and review of applications from our recent grant round
Photo: (top l-r) Wayne Bynder and Tamara Whyte, (bottom l-r) Melanie Page and Brendon Adams