MP backs Barrier Truth with grant
Wednesday, 11th November, 2020
The Barrier Truth has been awarded $34,152 from the Federal Government to improve its digital services for customers and help keep staff employed.
The grant came courtesy of the work of local Federal MP, Mark Coulton, who is also the Minister for Regional Communications.
“This grant will keep local journalists in jobs and ensure quality reporting continues to be available in the Far West,” Mr Coulton said. “Congratulations to the Barrier Truth team on your success.”
“It’s been a challenging time for news outlets right around my electorate, due to the drought and now COVID-19, so I know these funds are a real lifeline,” he said.
It was very important that country towns were kept informed and the people connected, said Mr Coulton.
“The Barrier Truth is a vital source of news for people in the district, which is why I’m so proud that the Coalition Government is providing this critical support.”
The funding, from the Government’s Public Interest News Gathering (PING) program, will be used by the newspaper to build a new website to house all digital content and services.
This will make it easier for customers to do business with the Barrier Truth and enable reporters to post stories and multimedia directly to the website.
The website will also provide more options for business to promote goods and services in the paper.
The newspaper’s editor, Michael Murphy, thanked Mr Coulton and said the grant was “excellent news for the entire team”.
“The Barrier Truth is grateful for the Federal Government’s support during a tough economic time for the entire country,” Mr Murphy said.
He said the Government’s JobKeeper program had provided a lifeline to the Barrier Truth.
“Without it, we wouldn’t have survived,” he said. “Now, this grant will help us improve our digital services and make us more efficient.
“Parkes MP Mark Coulton went out of his way to personally help us get an application in for consideration, and we can’t thank him enough.”
The Government’s $50 million PING program is providing funds to help 107 country news establishments across the country, including regional television and radio stations.