Local journalism in Wannon has been given a boost with the announcement that WD Newspapers has been awarded a grant in the first round of the Morrison Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund.

The Innovation Fund is part of the Government’s comprehensive Broadcasting and Content Reform package to strengthen regional and small publishers.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan welcomed the announcement as a much-needed contribution to the publication of local news in the region and said that WD Newspapers was a well deserving recipient.

WD Newspapers encompassing Camperdown Chronicle, Cobden Timboon Coast Times, Mortlake Dispatch and terang Express is well known in Wannon as a trusted provider of local news,’ Mr Tehan said.

‘WD Newspapers has identified an opportunity for innovation and growth, and the Morrison Government is thrilled to support them to increase their capacity to provide relevant and informative public interest journalism to Wannon’.

The grant is one of 29 projects, Australia-wide, funded by the Innovation Fund. The total amount funded will be up to $3.6 million.

The Fund is a competitive grants program independently administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield said the fund would enable regional and small publishers to innovate across a wide range of business activities.

“This fund is all about bolstering rural and regional communities through supporting local publishers and journalism,” he said.

Details about successful recipients will be made available on GrantConnect once the grant deeds have been executed.


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