Ipswich Youth Given a Voice



The voice of Ipswich youth will be heard loud and clear when the University of Southern Queensland's (USQ) Phoenix Radio launches a new youth oriented radio program later this month.

The program, aimed at audiences aged 13 to 25 years, promises to ‘keep it real' and will cover issues as diverse as sexuality, health, fashion, homelessness and suicide, as well as "just having fun" talking about the latest gossip on celebrities and playing great music.

USQ Bachelor of Applied Media Lecturer Ashley Jones said the program would be run by Ipswich youth for Ipswich youth.

'They will even be able to name the new program through an online competition opening 6 April 2008.

'We are encouraging youth organisations and groups in the area to become involved in the production of the program as it is a great way to spread their message and let the young people of Ipswich know what is going on around their city.

'We are launching this program during youth week and are interested in providing a great resource like Phoenix Radio as a totally online experience as our commitment to the local community,'

Mr Jones said the program would not have been possible without the support and partnership of Ipswich City Council and Lead On Ipswich.

'Both Council and Lead On have taken a front row seat in making this program happen - their input has been invaluable.

'We really can't thank them enough for the time and resources they have committed to launching the program.'

Ipswich City Council Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee Chairperson Councillor, Charlie Pisasale, said the youth program would assist Council in achieving its Youth Policy, fostering cooperation and communication in Ipswich.

'It will also provide opportunities for social interaction, community and civic activities that allow participation by young residents.

'Our young people are the future of Ipswich and it is wonderful to give them a voice to discuss issues affecting them.'

Listeners will be able to tune into the new youth program from 4pm to 5pm Monday to Friday at www.phoenixradio.com.au from 21 April 2008.

To enter the competition to name the program, go to www.phoenixradio.com.au and fill in the online entry form or go to the Phoenix Radio stand at the Youth Market, D'Arcy Doyle Place on 6 April 2008.

The competition opens on 6 April 2008 and closes at 12 noon on 18 April 2008.

For more information about the youth program or Phoenix Radio contact Ashley Jones on +07 3470 4642 or phoenixradio@usq.edu.au

Media Contact:  Jo-Ann Sparrow, USQ Media, +61 7 3470 4119 or 0428 102 979