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Boost for new media project

Thursday, 7th June, 2012

New funding has enabled Victor Riley to expand his work at 2DRY FM. New funding has enabled Victor Riley to expand his work at 2DRY FM.

By Kurtis Eichler

Funding of $30,000 has been won to prepare young digital creative industry entrepreneurs for the future.

The Broken Hill Art Exchange Precinct obtained the money from the Australian Council for the Arts’ Indigenous Experimental Art Fund.

It will go towards its “iStreet” lab project, a robust multimedia suite built into a 240-litre bin.

Last year it was trialled by young people at the city’s Youth College with the aim of developing relationships between youth and business.

It’s also used to engage young people in developing the design and construction of labs.

Susan Thomas of Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business Networks, who has a strong partnership with the precinct, said the $30,000 was just the beginning.

“More support is on its way through a partnership with Dlux Media Arts in Sydney,” Ms Thomas said.

“DLux has secured significant support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education to deliver projects aimed at reaching marginalised communities in our region through art and science activities.”

Ms Thomas said the funding will enable young Aboriginal student Victor Riley to work with iStreet lab founder Mervin Jarman in towns in the far west.

They’ll also be working together at the city’s 2DRY FM radio station.

“They are going to be going out and meeting young, indigenous artists and other entrepreneurs who are really wanting to get their skills up in digital media,” she said.

It doesn’t start until next year but Ms Thomas said some projects could be up and running later this year.

“This is the future. We’re going into doing business over the internet and digital media is very important and this is just such a wonderful opportunity.”

Victor, 21, said it would take him to the “next level”.

“It’s something I’ve been waiting for and it’s finally happened,” he said.

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